Excerpts from "Before They Were Heroes at King's Mountain" by Randell Jones


This file appears in: Bedford Hill

pp.427-428

At Bedford Hill on the morning of October 3, the Overmountain Men and Wilkes/Surry militiamen prepared to renew their march after a day-and-a-half of camp and rain. Before they began, Colonel Cleaveland asked to address the men, “telling them the news,” as he called it. He wanted them to know that Ferguson was nearby in Gilbert Town, just 18 miles away, and soon they would have the opportunity to confront the villain. The rough Cleaveland, with his imposing frame — reported to be six-and-a-half-feet tall and variously reported as weighing from 250 to 350 pounds — spoke to inspire the men. “Now, my brave fellows, I have come to tell you the news,” he said. “The enemy is at hand, and we must up and at them. Now is the time for every man of you to do his country a priceless service — such as shall lead your children to exult in the fact that their fathers were the conquers of Ferguson. When the pinch comes, I shall be with you. But if any of you shrink from sharing in the battle and the glory, you can now have the opportunity of backing out, and leaving.” He offered each man the opportunity to take three steps to the rear if he wanted to leave. Not one man budged and the entire horde of Patriots roundly cheered themselves and their bravery.

copyright Randell Jones, 2011
Available at www.danielboonefootsteps.com


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Excerpts from "Before They Were Heroes at King's Mountain" by Randell Jones

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pp.427-428

At Bedford Hill on the morning of October 3, the Overmountain Men and Wilkes/Surry militiamen prepared to renew their march after a day-and-a-half of camp and rain. Before they began, Colonel Cleaveland asked to address the men, “telling them the news,” as he called it. He wanted them to know that Ferguson was nearby in Gilbert Town, just 18 miles away, and soon they would have the opportunity to confront the villain. The rough Cleaveland, with his imposing frame — reported to be six-and-a-half-feet tall and variously reported as weighing from 250 to 350 pounds — spoke to inspire the men. “Now, my brave fellows, I have come to tell you the news,” he said. “The enemy is at hand, and we must up and at them. Now is the time for every man of you to do his country a priceless service — such as shall lead your children to exult in the fact that their fathers were the conquers of Ferguson. When the pinch comes, I shall be with you. But if any of you shrink from sharing in the battle and the glory, you can now have the opportunity of backing out, and leaving.” He offered each man the opportunity to take three steps to the rear if he wanted to leave. Not one man budged and the entire horde of Patriots roundly cheered themselves and their bravery.

copyright Randell Jones, 2011
Available at www.danielboonefootsteps.com

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