Archive | American Revolution

Freemasonry and Reconciliation in Moore County

They saw themselves as building a new republic.  But in Moore County, North Carolina, their first task was to heal a community. Before the Revolution, the Masonic lodges of the coastal cities had helped to train the leaders of those cities in the skills of gentlemanly behavior, creating a cohesive elite whose members were bound […]

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A Dashing Loyalist Guerilla

David Fanning was captured fourteen times by the Patriot forces in the upper Cape Fear valley of North Carolina.  He escaped nearly every time, twice while chained and once while chained and naked.   He was feared and hated by the Patriot leaders, and tales of his cruelty can still be found in popular accounts of […]

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“Barbarities that would disgrace the Savage”

The whole of the North Carolina backcountry, wrote the Patriot General Nathanael Greene (pictured at left)  in 1780, was in danger of being laid waste by the Patriots and Tories, “who pursue each other with as much relentless Fury as Beasts of Prey.”  His warnings were echoed by other Patriot officers.  “Good God! Sir,” cried […]

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Greased Logs and Broadswords at Moore’s Creek Bridge

Flora MacDonald, the Jacobite heroine who had saved the life of Bonny Prince Charlie after his defeat at the battle of Culloden, and her husband Allan MacDonald, who had fought on the side of the English against the Prince, arrived in the Cape Fear Valley of North Carolina in 1774.  They were accompanied by a […]

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