The Story - Word Arrives at The Cowpens

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Chapter 13 - Word Arrives at The Cowpens
"On the evening of October 6, the separate militia groups—the backcountry patriots and the South Carolina militiamen—arrived at The Cowpens near sunset. They were joined by some 80 of the South Fork Boys of Lincoln County and about 30 Georgia militiamen. ...."

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Militia gathering at The Cowpens

"On the evening of October 6, the separate militia groups—the backcountry patriots and the South Carolina militiamen—arrived at The Cowpens near sunset. They were joined by some 80 of the South Fork Boys of Lincoln County and about 30 Georgia militiamen." - from the audio file "The Story - Word Arrives at The Cowpens" | Creator: Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots [View Additional File Details]

The Cowpens

photo by Randell Jones

"The Cowpens was a place settlers brought their cattle to fatten them before market. As it was the home of a Loyalist cattle merchant, the Patriot militiamen slaughtered a few of the merchant™s cattle and prepared their first good meal in days, harvesting acres of corn for themselves and their horses." - from the audio file "The Story - Word Arrives at The Cowpens" | Creator: Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots [View Additional File Details]

Scout Joseph Kerr

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

"Soon another South Carolina militia scout returned to the camp." - from the audio file "The Story - Word Arrives at The Cowpens" | Creator: Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots [View Additional File Details]

Scout Joseph Kerr cajoled the loyalists

"Pretending to be a loyalist, Joseph Kerr had visited Ferguson™s camp some miles away at Tate™s Plantation." - from the audio file "The Story - Word Arrives at The Cowpens" | Creator: Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots [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]

The Cowpens

photo by Randell Jones

"The Cowpens was a place settlers brought their cattle to fatten them before market. As it was the home of a Loyalist cattle merchant, the Patriot militiamen slaughtered a few of the merchant™s cattle and prepared their first good meal in days, harvesting acres of corn for themselves and their horses." - from the audio file "The Story - Word Arrives at The Cowpens" | Creator: Randell Jones and The Forget-Me-Nots [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots, “The Story - Word Arrives at The Cowpens,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed December 18, 2017, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​52.​
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