Thursday, May 22, 2014
Fincastle County existed only until 1776, when it was divided into Montgomery County, Washington County, and Kentucky County.
Cowpens: On 17 Jan 1781 not far from King=s Mountain in South Carolina, American forces under Gen. Daniel Morgan defeated the British under Tarleton. This victory was a second major encouragement to the Americans.
Whitsell=s Mill: After the British losses at King=s Mountain and Cowpens, Cornwallis decided he must again defeat the entire southern army, then under Gen. Nathanael Greene. He therefore reduced his baggage to the bare essentials and attempted to chase down Greene and force a battle. Greene, with his army still too weak and poorly supplied to fight, led Cornwallis on a race through North Carolina for the Dan River and the safety of Virginia. On 14 Feb 1781 Greene=s army crossed the Dan near South Boston just hours before Cornwallis, who was stopped by high water and a lack of boats. On 6 March 1781, 700 Americans, including 300 Botetourt County militiamen under Col. William Preston, engaged a much larger detachment led by Banastre Tarleton at Wetzel=s Mill about 20 miles east of present Greensboro NC. Many of the Virginia riflemen, more accustomed to shooting from behind trees and hand-to-hand combat with tomahawks, were sent fleeing home by the sight of a line British soldiers advancing with fixed bayonets.