On September 26, Colonel Sumter and the South Carolina militiamen reached Tuckaseegee Ford just 10 miles northwest of Charlotte Town where patriot Major William R. Davie and Major George Hanger of the British Legion were then engaged in the Battle of Charlotte. At Tuckaseegee Ford, the South Carolinians under Sumter met up with Colonel William Graham and the Lincoln County Militia. Among these men were Lt. Colonel Frederick Hambright, and Major William Chronicle. These local militiamen had been pressed eastward by the advance and foraging activities of British Major Patrick Ferguson into North Carolina’s Broad River valley. (Ferguson was protecting Cornwallis’s left flank and had recruited a sizeable army of loyalist militia as he had passed through Ninety Six District. Ferguson was also confiscating the livestock of Broad River patriots to feed his and Cornwallis’s army.) Together the two withdrawing patriot militia groups crossed the Catawba River at Tuckaseegee Ford and marched northward along the Catawba River valley. They were seeking to join up with Brigadier General William Lee Davidson, who had been given command of North Carolina’s Salisbury (Western) District militia after General Griffith Rutherford had been captured at the Battle of Camden in August. If these militiamen were anxious about encountering patrols of the advancing British Legion, they may well have followed a route close to the river. Otherwise, they more likely took the faster and more open Beattie’s Ford Road leading north. That route lay just a mile or two east of the river.
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Randell Jones (www.danielboonefootsteps.com), “Tuckaseegee Ford
(also Togaseegee),” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed November 24, 2017, http://bythewaywebf.webfactional.com/omvt/items/show/63.