"Neighborhood in Constant Alarm": The Battle of Ramsour's Mill and Partisan Divisions in the Carolina Backcountry Communities During the American Revolution
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AbstractThis thesis tracks the development of partisan divisions in the Carolina backcountry during the American Revolutionary War by examining the events and processes that influenced their creation. Chapter one studies how mills created local relationships and interactions within the Carolina interior through their means for food production, drawing the local populace in for social and economic engagement. Chapter two discusses the progress of loyalist and patriot entrenchments from the beginning of the war in 1775 when neutrality predominated until the threat of British invasion in 1780. The passage of local resolves, the Cherokee conflict of 1776, the intervening years of relative peace, the capture of Charleston, and rumors of violent massacre and crime are discussed. In chapter three, a thorough examination of the understudied Battle of Ramsour's Mill of June 1780 features as a case study into the divisions that occurred during the bloodiest portion of the war in the southern theatre as well as the new roles mills acquired as military staging areas and strategic production sites for food provisions. The consequences of the outcome of this understudied conflict within the American Revolution at large are reevaluated in conclusion.
Degree ProgramHonors College