The Story - The Departure

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Chapter 5 - The Departure
"As the men readied themselves to depart on September 26, they gathered with the Reverend Samuel Doak for a blessing and a prayer. He gave them a message and in it he gave them their battle cry, 'The sword of the Lord and of Gideon.'' . . . "

Music: Blooming

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Rev. Samuel Doak delivers his serman

Image by Randell Jones
OVTA march, 2014

"As the men readied themselves to depart on September 26, they gathered with the Reverend Samuel Doak for a blessing and a prayer. He gave them a message and in it he gave them their battle cry, 'The sword of the Lord and of Gideon'.” - from the audio file "The Story - The Departure" [View Additional File Details]

200 more Virginia militiamen

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

"As the men then turned to begin their march, they were joined by another 200 Virginia militiamen from Montgomery County under the command of Colonel Arthur Campbell." - from the audio file "The Story - The Departure" [View Additional File Details]

The muster at Sycamore Shoals

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

"With their spirits lifted by the number of armed men, then about one thousand, the band of militiamen, marched out, some on horseback, some on foot." - from the audio file "The Story - The Departure" [View Additional File Details]

Doe River at the Resting Place

photograph by Randell Jones, 2009

"They pressed on for the remainder of the day reaching the Doe River at sunset. There they camped at an open and flat spot known as the Resting Place." - the audio file for "The Story - The Departure" [View Additional File Details]

Shelving Rock

photograph by Randell Jones
Roan Mountain State Park, TN

"That night, a light rain began to fall, so they stowed their precious gunpowder under a deep rock overhang to keep it dry." - from audio file "The Story - The Departure." [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 - The Departure,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed October 23, 2017, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​44.​
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