Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription [From the Columbia Telescope.]
AN INTERESTING PUBLIC DOCUMENT.

We have never seen the following document in print, which we now publish from the original manuscript, in the possession of a gentleman of this town. It gives us an account of a brilliant affair in our revolution, drawn up at the time by the chief actors in it, and expressed in the plain, strong style that belonged to the period. This, with very many other battles in the south, have never attracted the applause, or attained the historical notoriety, which have attended the revolutionary incidents of similar magnitude in other quarters ; and, indeed, so much more has been written concerning the revolutionary incidents of the north, and so much more been done by the people and the states in that section to commemorate and signalize them, that the present generation in the neighborhood of Cowpens and King's Mountain, know more about Bunker's Hill and Lexington, and more of Stark and Putnam, than of Pickens or Campbell.

No monument, inscription stone,
Their race, their deeds, their names, almost unknown.

We have always thought that those battlefields in our state, which were illustrated by the gallantry and devotion of our ancestors, should be marked by permanent mementos, at the cost of the state--every one, from Fort Moultrie to King's Mountain; and he who would carry such a measure through the legislature, would himself deserve a monument.

"A state of the proceedings of the Western Army, from the 25th day of September, 1780, to the reduction of Major Ferguson and the Army under his command.
On receiving intelligence that Major Ferguson had advanced up as high as Gilbert Town in Rutherford County, and threatened to cross the Mountains to the Western Waters--
Col. William Campbell, with four hundred men from Washing-ton County of Virginia, Col. Isaac Shelby, with two hundred and