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were part of some battles. I find no drummer, but some fifers on 07Oct1780. Fifer was alternately spelled Phifer in the German settlements. Phifer’s Mill was was a York District SC landmark. Martin and Caleb Fifer were officers in other engagements, though not in the Battle at Kings Mountain. They commanded some of the patriots […]
Merry man Webster: A pension declaration is a poorly written, often illegible, document with phonetic misspelling of misprounounced improper words and nicknames by old illiterate soldiers with faded memories, often misfiled by DC clerks, degraded and with pieces lost over time. Somewhere a soldier and a widow carefully preserved a very legible discharge certificate. With […]
The Scottish bagpipes added to the fife and drums of some orderly and established military units on both the Whig and Tory sides. The 1780 over moutain clans were not that organized. The plaids of the clans and the bagpipes are traditions which survived in the Appalachians. Gatherings for “Highland Games” are still annual events […]
The auld Irish melody “Buttermilk Hill” was sung beside cradles through the centuries. The words varied with mood and season. Sell her flocks and sell her wheel to buy her love a sword to wield. Then to the streets to beg for bread. Elizabeth Colville Black Newell sent two sons, a brother, a nephew, three […]
Who first said “Give me liberty or give me death?” Perhaps Patrick Henry’s three sisters whose husbands signed the Fincastle Resolutions Jan 29, 1775. Governor Henry paraphrased their last line.