The Story - Ferguson's Camp

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Chapter 15 - Ferguson's Camp
"The militiamen, rain-soaked and weary, and riding all night from The Cowpens, reached the Broad River near dawn. Suspecting a possible ambush on the other side, they rode downstream to cross at the Cherokee Ford on the morning of October 7. The night’s rain had caused the river to rise and the strong currents to swirl, but all the men got across. Not a man took a ducking. . . . "

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Broad River at Cherokee Ford

Photograph by Randell Jones

"The militiamen, rain-soaked and weary, and riding all night from The Cowpens, reached the Broad River near dawn. Suspecting a possible ambush on the other side, they rode downstream to cross at the Cherokee Ford on the morning of October 7." - from the audio file "The Story - Ferguson's Camp" [View Additional File Details]

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Broad River at Cherokee Ford

photograph by Randell Jones

"The militiamen, rain-soaked and weary, and riding all night from The Cowpens, reached the Broad River near dawn. Suspecting a possible ambush on the other side, they rode downstream to cross at the Cherokee Ford on the morning of October 7." - from the audio file "The Story - Ferguson's Camp" | Creator: Randell Jones and The Forget-Me-Nots [View Additional File Details]

Ferguson's Camp

image by Randell Jones
Fort Dobbs SHS, Statesville, NC

"The day before, on October 6, British Major Patrick Ferguson had stopped his march toward Charlotte Town and made his camp at Little King™s Mountain. . . . He circled his supply wagons but raised no other defenses." - from the audio file "The Story - Ferguson's Camp" | Creator: Randell Jones and The Forget-Me-Nots [View Additional File Details]

Ferguson's cooks in camp

image by Randell Jones
The Blockhouse, Natural Tunnel State Park, VA, 2014

"As the rain began to fall that evening, a confident Major Patrick Ferguson . . . may have taken some comfort in the company of Virginia Paul and Virginia Sal, two good looking women, it was reported, supposed to be his mistresses, but serving nominally as his cooks." - from the audio file "They Story - Ferguson's Camp" | Creator: Randell Jones and 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]

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Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots, “The Story - Ferguson's Camp,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed September 24, 2017, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​54.​
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