The Story - Riding to The Cowpens


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Chapter 12 - Riding to The Cowpens
"With good fortune, before dawn on October 6, South Carolina militia Colonel Edward Lacey came upon the Patriot militia’s sentry. These Overmountain and Yadkin valley militia officers did not know this South Carolina militia leader, but through his own demeanor and character, he was able to convince these Virginia and North Carolina officers that he brought them reliable information. . . . "

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Col. Lacey is stopped by sentry

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

"With good fortune, before dawn on October 6, South Carolina militia Colonel Edward Lacey came upon the Patriot militia™s sentry." - from the audio file "The Story - Riding to the Cowpens" [View Additional File Details]

Officers confer at the Ford of Green River

"The leaders at Green River ford knew they could never cover that distance at their current pace. They divided their forces, telling those with horses to be ready to ride at sun up." - from the audio file "The Story - Riding to The Cowpens" | Creator: Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots [View Additional File Details]

Green River Road

Image by Randell Jones
Cowpens National Battlefield, Chesney, SC

"The mounted militiamen departed at dawn following a ridge road across the South Carolina border, covering 21 miles." - from the audio file "The Story - Riding to The Cowpens" [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 [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots, “The Story - Riding to The Cowpens,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed December 15, 2018, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​51.​
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