reemen on the Watauga, among whom slavery was scarcely known.
The backwoodsmen, though remote from the world, love their fellow-men.
In the pure air and life of the mountain and the forest, they join serenity with courage.
They felt for those who had fled to them; with one heart they resolved to restore the suppliants to their homes, and for that purpose formed themselves into regiments under Isaac Shelby and John Sevier.
Shelby despatched a messenger to William Campbell on the forks of Holston; and the field-officers of southwestern Virginia unanimously resolved that he, with four hundred men, should join in the expedition.
An express was sent to Colonel Cleaveland of North Carolina; and all were to meet at Burk county court-house, on the waters of the Catawba.
The three regiments from the west of the Alleghanies under Campbell, Shelby, and Sevier, and the North Carolina fugitives under Macdowell, assembled on the twenty-fifth of September at Watauga.
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