A Tribute to Ancestors and Patriots

Two hundred and twenty seven years ago today, my ancestors’ farm was turned into a battlefield.

According to the National Park Service Web site Guilford Courthouse: A Pivotal Battle in the War for Independence:

The morning of March 15, 1781, was clear and cold. A light frost had disappeared under the first rays of the sun, but the ground underfoot was soft and spongy from long winter rains and snows. In the damp woods of what had been an isolated farming community in the Piedmont on a major east-west road through North Carolina, some 4,400 American troops, in various uniforms and country clothes, waited for battle.

This backwoods county seat of Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina, was the site of a pivotal battle in the Revolutionary War’s decisive Southern Campaign. The engagement set the stage for the region’s liberation from enemy occupation and impelled British general Lord Charles Cornwall to take the ill-fated road that led him to final defeat at Yorktown, Virginia, seven months later.

My fourth great grandfather, Adam Mitchell, was one of the local militia in country clothes that day. As the battle spread, the nearby Mitchell Farm became part of the battlefield. Adam’s mother, wife, and children hid in the spring house, where Margaret Mitchell defied a British soldier to save the family pewter, which would have been made into bullets if captured.

Spring House: Book 1 in the Westward Sagas tells the whole story of the battle, Adam’s capture by the British, his mother’s negotiations for his release, young Robert being compelled to bury the dead, and the effects on the battle on the children.

Today, I just want to pay tribute to a famous battle on an infamous little farm in Guilford County – a little farm that is now part of the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

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