The Story: The American Spirit

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Chapter 1 - The American Spirit
"This is a story of the American Spirit, of American heroes, men and women revealing their courage and commitment in a time of trial and challenge. They came together, united, to oppose a common threat to their homes, their families, their way of life, their future. . . ."

Music: Autumn Ball Waltz

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The American Spirit

Photograph by Randell Jones
Martin's Station, Wilderness Road State Park, VA, 2012

"This is a story of the American Spirit, of American heroes, men and women revealing their courage and commitment in a time of trial and challenge. They came together, united, to oppose a common threat to their homes, their families, their way of life, their future." - from audio file "The Story - The American Spirit" [View Additional File Details]

American society was torn

Image by Randell Jones
Historic Brattonsville, York Co., SC, 2009

"This is a story from over two centuries ago, when the freedoms we enjoy as Americans today were in doubt, our independence as a nation uncertain. American society was torn. Some favored independence. Others preferred the British Crown. Still others took no side at all. The turmoil between factions was real and harsh, neighbor against neighbor, families divided." - from the audio file "The Story - The American Spirit" [View Additional File Details]

Men and Women of the Southern Backcountry

photography by Randell Jones
clockwise from upper left: Fort Dobbs SHS, NC, 2009; Martin's Station, Wilderness Road State Park, VA, 2005, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, 2005; Lake James State Park, NC, 2013; Deep Gap, NC, 2013; Fort Boonesborough State Park, KY, 2006;

"And out of that circumstance arose men and women of action, men and women of the Southern backcountry, Americans who made a difference, Americans who turned the tide of the Revolutionary War, and through that one act changed the course of world history." - from the audio file "The Story - The American Spirit" [View Additional File Details]

Overmouintain Victory National Historic Trail

image provided by National Park Service
www.nps.gov/ovvi

"The story unfolds across the Southern Appalachian mountains and the Carolina Piedmont. The story is told today along the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail lying in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina." - from the audio file "The Story - The American Spirit" [View Additional File Details]

Overmountain Victory Trail Associaiton, Inc.

image by Randell Jones
all photos from 2014, the 40th annual OVTA commemorative march

"It is a story proudly told today by the members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association. To honor these heroes, we continue into our 5th decade, “keeping the story alive.” - from the audio file "The Story - The American Spirit" [View Additional File Details]

All music from "Blooming", copyright 2010, The Forget-Me-Nots
Recordings used by permission

"Before They Were Heroes at King's Mountain" by Randell Jones, 2011

Before they were heroes at King's Mountain, the Overmountain Men of Carolina and Virginia frontiers were challenging the Shawnees and the Cherokees, developing the fighting skills that garnered them the fearsome appelation, "The yelling boys." Lord Dunmore's War in 1774 and the campaigns against the Cherokees in 1776 and against the Chickamaugas in 1779 developed their capacity for traversing mountainous terrain and fighting tree-to-tree in fierce, hand-to-hand battles. Renegade British Indian agents on the frontier conspired to incite the Cherokees to attack the rebel colonists to force the trespassers back across the Alleghenies, where "the Father," King Geroge III, wanted his subjects to stay. The Battle of Great Bridge in 1775 built the reputation of the "shirtmen" fro their expert marksmanship. The backcountry Patriots helped best the Scots Tories at Moore's Creek Bridge and the Loyalists at Ramsour's Mill. Five years into the American Revolution, the partisan, upcountry militiamen of South Carolina harassed the advancing British Legion and set the stage for the conflict in the Carolina piedmont that would destroy one-third of Cornwallis's army and turn the tide of the American War for Independence. All these skirmishes, battles, and campaigns during the six years before the fall of 1780 prepared these backcountry frontiersmen for the challenges they would face in their relentless pursuit of Major Patrick Ferguson--and before they were heroes at King's Mountain. Available at www.danielboonefootsteps.com [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots, “The Story: The American Spirit,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed September 24, 2017, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​40.​
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