The Story - The Aftermath


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Chapter 17 - The Aftermath
"As Major Ferguson tried to ride his horse through the ever tightening circle of patriot militiamen, more than a few rifles fired at him and the major fell from his saddle, mortally wounded, the despised Patrick Ferguson was dragged around the hilltop by his panicked horse, a foot caught in the stirrup. The officer second-in-command quickly called for quarters and surrendered. William Campbell, other militia officers and a host of backcountry patriot militiamen surrounded the loyalist army they had just soundly defeated. The hour-long battle was done. . . . "

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Detail from "The Patriot Victory at Kings Mountain"

"As Major Ferguson tried to ride his horse through the ever-tightening circle of patriot militiamen, more than a few rifles fired at him . . . " - from the audio file "The Story - The Aftermath" [View Additional File Details]

The Price of Victory

"Around the hillside, the price of victory was dear. . . . Patriots, including officers lay dead, others dying." - from audio file "The Story - The Aftermath" image by Randell Jones [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 - The Aftermath,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed April 10, 2020, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​56.​
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