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25. day—each man mounted on his own horse, armed
26. with his own rifle, and carrying his own store of provisions—they began the ride over the mountains, where the passes through the Alleghanies are the highest.
Not even a bridle-path led through the forest, nor was there a house for forty miles between the Watauga and the Catawba.
The men left their families in secluded valleys, distant one from the other, exposed not only to parties of royalists, but of Indians.
In the evening of the thirtieth, they
30. formed a junction with the regiment of Colonel Ben-
Chap. XVI.} 1780. Oct. 1. jamin Cleaveland, consisting of three hundred and fifty men from the North Carolina counties of Wilkes and Surrey.
The next day Macdowell was despatched to request Gates to send them a general officer; till he should arrive, Campbell was chosen to act as commandant.
Ferguson, who had pursued the party of Macdowell to the foot of the Alleghanies, and had spread the terror of invasion beyond them,