The Story - A Call to Arms

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Chapter 3 - A Call to Arms
"The messenger carrying Ferguson’s warning soon crossed the Appalachian Mountains to arrive in the Holston River Valley at the home of Colonel Isaac Shelby. He lived at Sapling Grove in today’s Bristol, Tennessee. . . . "

Music: Tuesday, and Rose Reel

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Sam Phillips arrives at Sapling Grove

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

"The messenger carrying Ferguson™s warning soon crossed the Appalachian Mountains to arrive in the Holston River Valley at the home of Colonel Isaac Shelby." - from the audio file "The Story - A Call to Arms." [View Additional File Details]

Militia leaders Shelby and Sevier

Image by Randell Jones
Martin's Station, Wilderness Road State Park, VA, 2005

"The militia leader considered the bold threat and then mounted his horse, riding 40 miles to confer with another militia leader, Colonel John Sevier, along the Nolichucky River. The two men talked for a day and then decided on what seemed the only reasonable course of action. They would turn the tables on the would-be hunter and make him the hunted." - from the audio file "The Story - A Call to Arms" [View Additional File Details]

Express riders carried the message far and wide

Image by Randell Jones
Martin's Station, Wilderness Road State Park, VA, 2005

"The express riders rode deep into the vales and hollows of the mountains and to the homesteads along the rivers. Men such as Martin Gambel, rode hard through rough terrain, exhausting their horses, and trading for fresh mounts where they could find them." - from the audio file "The Story - A Call to Arms" [View Additional File Details]

The word was carried near and far

Image by Randell Jones
Martin's Station, Wilderness Road State Park, VA, 2005

"They carried the word to the nearby settlements and to those farther away, to the Yadkin River Valley and across the Blue Ridge to southwest Virginia along the Holston River." - from the audio file "The Story - A Call to Arms" [View Additional File Details]

A Call to Arms

Image by Randell Jones
Martin's Station, Wilderness Road State Park, 2005

"The message was simple and urgent: It was a call to arms. Muster at Sycamore Shoals on September 25. " - from the audio file "The Story - A Call to Arms" [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" 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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Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots, “The Story - A Call to Arms,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed November 24, 2017, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​42.​
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