Saturday, June 21, 2014

Patrick Ferguson's lesson on how to make friends in North Carolina, 1780

Copy of a circular letter from Major Patrick Ferguson to the
Tory leaders in North Carolina :

Donard's Ford, Broad River,
Tryon County, Oct. 1, 1780.
Gextlemen—Unless you wish to be cut up by an inundation of barbarians,
who have begun by murdering the unarmed son before the aged father, and
afterwards lopped off his arms, and who by their shocking cruelty and irregularities,
give the best proof of their cowardice and want of discipline ; I say,
if you wish to be pinioned, robbed, and murdered, and to see your wives and
daughters, in four days, abused by the dregs of mankind—in short, if you
wish or desire to live and bear the name of men, grasp your arms in a moment
and run to camp.

The Backwater men have crossed the mountain; M'Dowell, Hampton,
Shelby and Cleaveland are at their head, so that you know what you will
have to depend upon. If you choose to be pissed upon for ever and ever by
a set of mongrels, say so at once, and let your women turn their backs upon
vou, and look out for real men to protect them.
Major 71st Regiment.

A week later Ferguson was dead.

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