The Story - Ford at Green River

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Chapter 11 - Ford at Green River
"As the patriot militiamen considered their loss of Ferguson’s trail, some 20 miles northeast of the ford at Green River, 270 South Carolina militiamen under colonels William Hill and Edward Lacy were along the Broad River in North Carolina near Flint Hill. They were then refugees from their own state in the face of Cornwallis’s continuing march toward Charlotte Town. These South Carolinians had received word that the Overmountain men and the backcountry militia were on the march; these South Carolinians were heading west, attempting to join them. . . . "

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South Carolina militia at Flint Hill

image by Randell Jones
Battle of Great Bridge, Chesapeake, VA, 2012

"As the patriot militiamen considered their loss of Ferguson™s trail, some 20 miles northeast of the ford at Green River, 270 South Carolina militiamen under colonels William Hill and Edward Lacy were along the Broad River in North Carolina near Flint Hill. They were then refugees from their own state in the face of Cornwallis™s continuing march toward Charlotte Town." - from the audio file "The Story - Ford at Green River." [View Additional File Details]

Colonel Edward Lacey rode through the night

Image by Randell Jones
Historic Bethabara Park, Winston-Salem, NC, 2008

"Colonel Lacey volunteered to ride into the night to find them. He was in unfamiliar countryside, and left in the dark, with a local guide. They rode for hours, getting thoroughly lost." from the audio file "The Story - Ford at Green River" [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 - Ford at Green River,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed September 26, 2018, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​50.​
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