Songs & Ballads Of the American Revolution

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king's mountain.
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with prophetic joy as this beam of hope came borne on the triumph­ant voice of his beloved and trusted men of ' West Augusta;' for the men who sent that shout were the very men of whom Washing­ton said he would ' trust to them to maintain American liberty after all else had failed' He knew the mountain was the birthplace, but never the grave, of liberty. One hour sufficed for this crowning scene in the swelling drama of our Revolutionary struggle, acted by rude men from beyond ' unknown mountains.' Not one of the enemy escaped. The force of Ferguson amounted to something over eleven hundred men, and of these two hundred and forty were killed, and two hundred wounded—a strange proportion, telling the fatal story of that long small bore rifle. Over seven hundred were taken prisoners, with all their arms, ammunition, and equipments. It was a total defeat, and a capture of nearly a quarter of Cornwal-lis's army."






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