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


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pp. 391-392
They covered about four miles in reaching the top at nearly 4,700 feet elevation. Ensign Campbell continued in his diary, "[T]here were about a hundred acres of beautiful table lands, in which a spring issued, ran through it, and over into the Watauga." . . . .

Having reached the bald, the officers gathered their men by company and paraded them, ordering the men to each fire his weapon. At the higher elevations, some men later recalled, the thinner air reduced the report of their rifles, making much less of the expected sound. With the men in ranks and files, each company accounted for its numbers. John Sevier discovered that two of his men were missing: James Crawford and Samuel Chambers. Although these men had mustered with the Whigs, it was known the two fellows had leanings toward the Loyalists. Sevier was concerned that the pair had departed the expedition with the intention of running ahead to warn Patrick Ferguson that this army of a thousand militiamen was crossing the mountains to attack him.

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


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

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pp. 391-392
They covered about four miles in reaching the top at nearly 4,700 feet elevation. Ensign Campbell continued in his diary, "[T]here were about a hundred acres of beautiful table lands, in which a spring issued, ran through it, and over into the Watauga." . . . .

Having reached the bald, the officers gathered their men by company and paraded them, ordering the men to each fire his weapon. At the higher elevations, some men later recalled, the thinner air reduced the report of their rifles, making much less of the expected sound. With the men in ranks and files, each company accounted for its numbers. John Sevier discovered that two of his men were missing: James Crawford and Samuel Chambers. Although these men had mustered with the Whigs, it was known the two fellows had leanings toward the Loyalists. Sevier was concerned that the pair had departed the expedition with the intention of running ahead to warn Patrick Ferguson that this army of a thousand militiamen was crossing the mountains to attack him.

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

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