The Story - narrated

By Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots

Experience “The Story” now in 18 chapters of narration and music. Author and storyteller Randell Jones is accompanied by original Celtic-inspired music performed by The Forget-Me-Nots. Click on the first numbered chapter below. After each chapter, look for the black "Tour Navigation" bar at the bottom of your screen. The rightmost command is "Next." In each chapter, play the “Audio” file as you click through the images which illustrate that chapter. The audio portions total 40 minutes of narration and music.

If you have less time to listen right now, listen to Chapters 1, then Chapters 16 to 18. You can come back later and enjoy a Revolutionary experience—“The Story.” Then take the online tour of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail to visit all the historic sites along this 330-mile commemorative trail. Just click on "Tours" in the menu bar at the top of the screen to find your choices.

Since 1975, the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, Inc. (OVTA) has been telling each fall, during its annual reenactment march, "The Story" of the heroic campaign of the Overmountain Men and the backcountry patriot militiamen who pursued Major Patrick Ferguson for two weeks before surrounding him at King’s Mountain. You can enjoy that story now and throughout the year through this online presentation.

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1 The Story: The American Spirit

Listen to "The Story" Chapter 1 - The American Spirit "This is a story of the American Spirit, of American heroes, men and women revealing their courage and commitment in a time of trial and challenge. They came together, united,…

2 The Story - The Threat

Listen to "The Story" Chapter 2 - The Threat "In the summer of 1780 as the American Revolution continued into its sixth year of fighting, the British were executing their Southern Strategy to tame the 13 rebellious colonies. . . .…

3 The Story - A Call to Arms

Listen to The Story Chapter 3 - A Call to Arms "The messenger carrying Ferguson’s warning soon crossed the Appalachian Mountains to arrive in the Holston River Valley at the home of Colonel Isaac Shelby. He lived at Sapling Grove in…

4 The Story - The Muster

Listen to The Story Chapter 4 - The Muster "The Overmountain militiamen, readily heeding the call to arms, gathered in the fields of Sycamore Flats, spreading their individual campfires between the shoals of the river and Fort Watauga. . . .…

5 The Story - The Departure

Listen to The Story Chapter 5 - The Departure "As the men readied themselves to depart on September 26, they gathered with the Reverend Samuel Doak for a blessing and a prayer. He gave them a message and in it he gave them their battle cry,…

6 The Story - Yellow Mountain Gap

Listen to The Story Chapter 6 - Yellow Mountain Gap "As dawn came on the second day of their expedition to pursue Major Patrick Ferguson, the officers knew the cattle would slow them too much going up the steep, western side of the…

7 The Story - Gillespie Gap

Listen to The Story Chapter 7 - Gillespie Gap "After three days of crossing the Appalachian Mountains, the Overmountain men marched up Grassy Creek to the precipice of the Blue Ridge at Gillespie Gap. From there they could see the broad…

8 The Story - Quaker Meadows

Listen to The Story Chapter 8 - Quaker Meadows "At Quaker Meadows the spirits of the Overmountain men were heartily lifted with the arrival of 350 more patriot militiamen from Wilkes and Surry counties in North Carolina’s Yadkin River…

9 The Story - Bedford Hill

Listen to The Story Chapter 9 - Bedford Hill "The 1400 patriot militiamen marched out of Quaker Meadows on October 1, heading south for Pilot Mountain, a distinctive rise on the horizon separated from the South Mountains. Beyond it they…

10 The Story - Gilbert Town

Listen to The Story Chapter 10 - Gilbert Town "On the morning of October 3, as the patriot militiamen prepared from their rain-soaked camp at Bedford Hill to march toward Gilbert Town, colonels Benjamin Cleveland and Isaac Shelby addressed…

11 The Story - Ford at Green River

Listen to The Story Chapter 11 - Ford at Green River "As the patriot militiamen considered their loss of Ferguson’s trail, some 20 miles northeast of the ford at Green River, 270 South Carolina militiamen under colonels William Hill and…

12 The Story - Riding to The Cowpens

Listen to The Story Chapter 12 - Riding to The Cowpens "With good fortune, before dawn on October 6, South Carolina militia Colonel Edward Lacey came upon the Patriot militia’s sentry. These Overmountain and Yadkin valley militia officers…

13 The Story - Word Arrives at The Cowpens

Listen to The Story Chapter 13 - Word Arrives at The Cowpens "On the evening of October 6, the separate militia groups—the backcountry patriots and the South Carolina militiamen—arrived at The Cowpens near sunset. They were joined by…

14 The Story - The Night Before

Listen to The Story 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…

15 The Story - Ferguson's Camp

Listen to The Story 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…

16 The Story - The Battle of Kings Mountain

Listen to The Story Chapter 16 - The Battle of Kings Mountain "William Campbell and the Patriot militiamen rode on, getting closer to Little King’s Mountain. The rain had worked to their advantage, dampening the sound of the horses’…

17 The Story - The Aftermath

Listen to The Story 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…

18 The Story - Epilogue

Listen to The Story 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…