Saturday, October 18, 2014

Guerilla Warfare In Missouri

Jim's Photo (Ozark County, MO, General Vicinity)

From The Blue and The Gray:

Guerrilla Warfare in Missouri: This account of guerrilla warfare comes from Colonel [William] Monks and describes conditions in Ozark County, on the Arkansas border, in 1862.

The Ozarks History blog also mentioned Colonel Monks.

More information here from the Ozarks Civil War website about guerrilla warfare in the area.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Aiming To Strike Kentucky

From The Kentuckians:

Fort Harrod Garden

...I've come by to give you news.  The British have treated with the Six Nations and the Indians are going over to their side in this war.  All the tribes north of the Ohio know of it and will take their part.  They're aiming to strike at the settlers in Kentucky, hard and often, with British guns and powder baking 'em up, and in time even British officers to lead 'em.  Henry Hamilton had put up a bounty for ever' scalp they take.  Who is Henry Hamilton.  He's the British governor at Detroit.

I went on over to Jim's cabin, thinking to have a word with him before heading back to the stockade.  And I was glad I did, for he had news.  Billy Bush was through yesterday, he said, from the Holston.  He brought word of Cap'n Clark and Jack.

Boys, Virginia has claimed title to the new country and has set it up as a new county.  Kentucky County! [news from Billy Bush]

Friday, October 10, 2014

History Of The Battle Of Point Pleasant

The chief event of Lord Dunsmore's War....

Jim's Photo - Point Pleasant Battle Scene - 10 Oct 1774

Accounts of the Battle of Point Pleasant from its History ..., by Virgil Anson Lewis:

"...on a sudden the enemy lurking behind bushes and trees gave the Augusta line a heavy fire... . This attack was attended with the death of some of our bravest officers and men also with the deaths of a great number of the enemy."

A separate account:

"During this time which was till after twelve o'clock the action continued extremely hot. The close under-wood, many steep banks and logs greatly favored their retreat; and the bravest of their men made the best use of them whilst others were throwing their dead into the Ohio and carrying off their wounded."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Colonel Ferguson And King's Mountain

Jim's Photo - Col. Ferguson, Commanding British Troops

Col. Ferguson was killed at King's Mountain, October 7, 1780

A prelude to the Battle at King's Mountain from King's Mountain and Its Heroes: ...:

In order to give a proper view of the movements of the opposing parties, it is now necessary to recur to Ferguson and his Tory followers. It will be remembered that Ferguson's troops made an excursion during the month of September into the Upper Catawba Valley, in then Burke, now McDowell County; and that several of the patriots, Captain John Carson among them, were prevailed on by the Whig leaders to take protection simply as a ruse by which to save as much of the stock of the country as possible.

Ferguson began to suspect that Carson and his friends were deceiving him... .  Ferguson declared that the Rebels had outwitted him.