The Story - Quaker Meadows


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Chapter 8 - Quaker Meadows
"At Quaker Meadows the spirits of the Overmountain men were heartily lifted with the arrival of 350 more patriot militiamen from Wilkes and Surry counties in North Carolina’s Yadkin River valley. . . . ."

Music: Poet's Waltz

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Men from Wilkes and Surry counties marched up the Yadkin River valley

"Some of these backcountry militiamen had mustered at Elkin Creek under Major Joseph Winston and marched three days up the Yadkin River. They were joined along the way by Col. Benjamin Cleveland and the Wilkes County Militia, known as Cleaveland™s Bulldogs." - from the audio file "The Story - Quaker Meadows" [View Additional File Details]

Militia gathering at Quaker Meadows

Image from painting by Richard Luce

"That evening, the fields at Quaker Meadows were dotted with campfires as the men prepared their meals and warmed themselves in the evening™s cool. The occasion was a chance to visit with good friends and to renew old acquaintances." - from the audio file "The Story - Quaker Meadows" [View Additional File Details]

The militiamen regaled each other with stories

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

"The battle-tested among the men regaled one another with stories of their exploits and adventures. The younger ones listened intently hoping to learn something of what it might be like in a pitched fight and to prevail in a life-and-death struggle." - from the audio file "The Story - Quaker Meadows" [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 [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots, “The Story - Quaker Meadows,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed January 20, 2020, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​47.​
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