The Story - The Night Before

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Chapter 14 - The Night Before
"Discovering his fellow South Carolina militiamen at The Cowpens, scout Joseph Kerr revealed to the officers that Ferguson was headed toward Charlotte Town on a road by way of King’s Mountain. The Patriot officers quickly realized they had to catch up to Ferguson before he got any closer to Charlotte Town and the protection of Cormwallis’s larger army. But Ferguson was still 35 miles away. If they were to catch him, they would have to ride all night and would need to move quickly. . . . "

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Scout Joseph Kerr brings word

"Discovering his fellow South Carolina militiamen at The Cowpens, scout Joseph Kerr revealed to the officers that Ferguson was headed toward Charlotte Town on a road by way of King™s Mountain." - from the audio file "The Story - The Night Before" | Creator: Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots [View Additional File Details]

The 900 best marksmen

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

"The militiamen chose the 900 best marksmen and put them on the 900 sturdiest horses." - from the audio file "The Story - The Night Before" | Creator: Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots [View Additional File Details]

Riding out into a cold October night

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

"At 9 o™clock that night of October 6, after having ridden 21 miles just that day and after being in pursuit of Ferguson™s loyalist force for two weeks across two hundred miles of wilderness, they rode out into a dark, cold October night." - from the audio file "The Story - The Night Before" | Creator: Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots [View Additional File Details]

They rode on

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

"They rode on, intent that this time Ferguson would not escape." - from the audio file "The Story - The Night Before" | 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 Kings 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 - The Night Before,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed September 24, 2017, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​53.​
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