The Story - Epilogue

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Chapter 18 - Epilogue
"When General Lord Cornwallis learned after a few days that Major Ferguson was dead and that all of the left flank of his advancing army had been killed or captured, Cornwallis retreated from Charlotte Town for the winter. The most powerful army in the world had been forced into retreat by these backcountry militiamen of the Southern colonies, these despised “backwater men”, these frontier rabble. . . . "

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Music: Autumn Ball Waltz

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Cornwallis Retreats

Image by Randell Jones

"When General Lord Cornwallis learned after a few days that Major Ferguson was dead and that all of the left flank of his advancing army had been killed or captured, Cornwallis retreated from Charlotte Town for the winter." - from the audio file: "The Story - Epilogue" [View Additional File Details]

Backcountry Militiaman

The most powerful army in the world had been forced into retreat by these backcountry militiamen of the Southern colonies, these despised “backwater men”, these frontier rabble. [View Additional File Details]

Returning Home

image by Randell Jones

"In the days after the battle many of the Overmountain patriots were not spoiling for another fight soon. They made their way back home to their families and their fields. They reunited with their communities." - From the audio file "The Story - Epilogue" [View Additional File Details]

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Photograph by Randell Jones
Martin's Station, Wildness Road State Park, VA, 2012

"They had gotten the victory they wanted. The much despised Major Patrick Ferguson was dead and so was his threat to lay waste their country with fire and sword. For the moment, their homeland was safe." - from the audio file "The Story - Epilogue" [View Additional File Details]

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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" fro 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 - Epilogue,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed September 26, 2018, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​57.​
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