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Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

Stories by author "Randell Jones (www.danielboonefootsteps.com)": 15

“The first casualty when war comes is truth.” – Senator Hiram Johnson, 1918 “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” – Mark Twain "The only thing more uncertain than the future is the…

After the capture of Charlestown in May 1780 and during the initial advance of the British Legion into South Carolina, the top leaders of the South Carolina backcountry militia, Brig. General Andrew Williamson and his likely successor, Col. Andrew…

Colonel James Williams arrived at The Cowpens in command of the South Carolina militiamen and the men he had recruited in North Carolina. Despite Hill’s assertions otherwise, Williams participated fully in the war council of commanders. From this…

At the Flint Hills encampment on the morning of October 6, Colonel Williams continued to order the militiamen to prepare for a march toward Ninety-Six and a rendezvous with the Campbell, Shelby, and Cleveland at Lawson’s Fork. As he did so, Colonel…

At this point in the disagreement between colonels William Hill and James Williams, Hill went to Colonel Edward Lacey and implored him to ride into the night to warn the Overmountain militia that Ferguson was headed east toward Charlottetown and not…

Probably on the morning of October 5 and perhaps while Colonel Williams was away conferring with Campbell and the other colonels near Gilbert Town, the other officers at the Flint Hills encampment received a visitor. According to Hill’s account,…

While Colonel Sumter and his delegation headed east to Hillsborough to see Governor Rutledge about resolving the dispute over command, the three militia groups (Sumter, Williams, and Graham) departed Sherrill’s Ford. From Sherrill’s they marched…

In June 1780, patriot Colonel James Williams, escaping from the advance of the British Legion into the Ninety Six District, served for a while as an officer under Thomas Sumter. After a few weeks, he asked to separate from Sumter’s command and to…

Near month’s end, Colonel James Williams was marching westward with his band of recent recruits, estimated at about 70. Among them were many experienced militiamen who had escaped from Georgia and South Carolina, but also many North Carolinians…

Because Beattie’s Ford lies beneath the waters of Lake Norman today, as do other fords noted in historic records, Cowan’s Ford serves as an accessible proxy for Beattie’s Ford today and the easiest means to cross from the east to the west side…

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