The Story - Yellow Mountain Gap

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Chapter 6 - Yellow Mountain Gap
"As dawn came on the second day of their expedition to pursue Major Patrick Ferguson, the officers knew the cattle would slow them too much going up the steep, western side of the mountains. They ordered the men to spend the morning slaughtering a few head of cattle. The militiamen prepared for themselves a few days’ rations, stuffing the cooked beef into their wallets and haversacks. . . . "

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Preparing to climb Yellow Mountain Gap

"The Muster" by Richard Luce
www.richardluce.com
Used by permission

"As dawn came on the second day of their expedition to pursue Major Patrick Ferguson, the officers knew the cattle would slow them too much going up the steep, western side of the mountains. They ordered the men to spend the morning slaughtering a few head of cattle. The militiamen prepared for themselves a few days™ rations, stuffing the cooked beef into their wallets and haversacks." - from the audio file "The Story - Yellow Mountain Gap" [View Additional File Details]

Ascending Brights Trace to Yellow Mountain Gap

image by Randell Jones
OVTA marchers, 2014

"The militiamen ascended Yellow Mountain following a narrow pack-horse trail called Bright™s Trace. A thousand men, some on horses, some on foot, trod up this hillside, slipping on the wet ground and in the mud churned up by the horde of climbers, struggling in their moccasins, their shoes, and their bare feet to reach the crest. " - from the audio file "The Story - Yellow Mountain Gap" [View Additional File Details]

At the top of Yellow Mountain Gap

image by Randell Jones
OVTA marchers at Brittain Church, 2014

"At the top of Yellow Mountain Gap they found themselves standing in snow described as “shoe-mouth deep.” The officers paraded the men and had them fire their weapons." - from the audio file "The Story - Yellow Mountain Gap" [View Additional File Details]

Traitors Chambers and Crawford run ahead

image by Randell Jones
OVTA marchers, 2014

"It was feared the pair had run ahead to warn Patrick Ferguson that an army of a thousand militiamen was coming to attack him. " - from the audio file "The Story - Yellow Mountain Gap" [View Additional File Details]

Descending from Yellow Mountain Gap onto the Blue Ridge Plateau

image by Randell Jones
OVTA marchers, 2014

"They descended the east side of Yellow Mountain along Roaring Creek and marched hard the next day along the North Toe River as it flowed southward through the plateau of the Blue Ridge to the mouth of Grassy Creek." - from the audio file "The Story - Yellow Mountain Gap" [View Additional File Details]

Ambush along the trail

Image by Randell Jones
OVTA march, 2014

"They rode on, with determination and purpose, yet remained uncertain of what ambush might lay ahead for them along the trail." - from the audio file "The Story - Yellow Mountain Gap" [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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Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots, “The Story - Yellow Mountain Gap,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed November 24, 2017, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​45.​
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