Ford at Green River (Alexander's Ford)

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On the evening of October 5, 1780, the patriot militiamen reached the Green River but had lost the trail for Patrick Ferguson's retreating army. Nevertheless, good fortune intervened. A large band of South Carolina militia had withdrawn into North Carolina as Cornwallis' army continued its advance northward after the ignominious defeat of the re-constituted Southern Department of the Continental Army under General Horatio Gates at the Battle of Camden on August 16. These South Carolina militia refugees had been raised and trained by Colonel Thomas Sumter but were currently under the command of colonels William Hill and Edward Lacey. Colonel Lacey had word of this large band of overmountain militia headed into the Carolina piedmont. Seeking them out, he rode some 20 miles through the night of October 5 to find the patriot militia at the Green River. Convincing them that he brought reliable word from his own scouts of Ferguson's movement toward Charlotte, the two groups agreed to meet at The Cowpens on the evening of October 6. Colonel Campbell and the officers divided their forces, telling all who had horses or who could get them to be ready to ride in the morning. The foot soldiers would follow as best they could. On the morning of October 6, the two groups rode south and out of the Broad River basin to a ridge line road which led toward The Cowpens.

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Green River

Photo by Randell Jones

The Green River is a tributary of the Broad River. This view is upstream of the actual site of the ford, but gives an appreciation of the dimensions. [View Additional File Details]

Roadbed remnant from 1780's route to the ford at Green River

Photo by Randell Jones

A remnant of the road followed by the patriot militia to the ford at Green River on October 5, 1780 is present in the Bradley Nature Preserve at Alexander's Ford. [View Additional File Details]

OVTA members lead students down to the ford at Green River

Photo by Randell Jones

An old logging road through what is now the Bradley Nature Preserve provides walking access to the ford at Green River. School groups visit the site, especially on October 5 each year during the reenactment of the campaign to Kings Mountain along the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. [View Additional File Details]

Aerial view and logo for Bradley Nature Preserve at Alexander's Ford

Polk County is pleased to have the Bradley Nature Preserve at Alexander's Ford as a resource for the enjoyment and education of its citizens. [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones, A Guide to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, “Ford at Green River (Alexander's Ford),” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed November 24, 2017, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​10.​
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