The Story - The Threat

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Chapter 2 - The Threat
"In the summer of 1780 as the American Revolution continued into its sixth year of fighting, the British were executing their Southern Strategy to tame the 13 rebellious colonies. . . . "

Music: Crooked Moon

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1780 Map of Southern American British Colonies

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Early French Map of Southern United States “Carte de la Partie Sud des Etats Unis de L'Amerique Septentrionale” by M. Bonne, Paris, c. 1780

"In the summer of 1780 as the American Revolution continued into its sixth year of fighting, the British were executing their Southern Strategy to tame the 13 rebellious colonies." - from the audio file "The Story - The Threat" [View Additional File Details]

Cornwallis marching north from Charles Town

"After capturing Charlestown, South Carolina, in May ( 1780), Lt. General Lord Charles Cornwallis began marching north with an army of loyalist Americans." - from the audio file "The Story - The Threat" [View Additional File Details]

Ferguson recruits loyalist militia

Image by Randell Jones
Fort Dobbs SHS, Statesville, NC, 2006

"The major, a Scotsman and an experienced and most capable soldier, was actively recruiting and training loyalist militiamen from the backcountry. And he was having rather good success in building an army of Americans ready to fight for the king and their rights as Englishmen." - from the audio file "The Story - The Threat" [View Additional File Details]

"John Sevier and the Wataugans" by Richard Luce
www.richardluce.com

used here by permission

"As Ferguson crossed the border into North Carolina in September, however, he was attacked by backcountry rebel militia fighting for independence. These frontiersmen included some of those from the settlements across the Appalachian Mountains in what is today™s East Tennessee, but was then North Carolina. They were known as the Overmountain men." - from the audio file "The Story - The Threat" [View Additional File Details]

Overmountan militia skirmishing with Ferguson

Image by Randell Jones
Historic Brattonsville, York Co., SC, 2008

"These experienced hunters and Indian fighters came to harass Ferguson™s forces. They skirmished with him, firing their longrifles from behind trees and rocks, and then retreated back across the Appalachians to safety beyond the mountains." - from the audio file "The Story - The Threat" [View Additional File Details]

Ferguson released a captured patriot militiaman

Image by Randell Jones
Martin's Station, Wilderness Road State Park, 2004

"Having quite had his fill of these irritating attacks, Major Ferguson released a captured patriot militiaman from his camp at Gilbert Town, North Carolina, to deliver an ominous message to those bothersome Overmountain patriots:" - from the audio file "The Story - The Threat" [View Additional File Details]

Ferguson's Threat

Image by Randell Jones
Historic Brattonsville, York Co., SC, 2008

"''If you do not desist your opposition to the British Arms, I shall march this army over the mountains, hang your leaders and lay your country waste with fire and sword.'” - from the audio file "The Story - The Threat" [View Additional File Details]

All music from "Blooming", copyright 2010, The Forget-Me-Nots
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"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" for 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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