In 1780 the United States is in danger of losing the Revolutionary War. After defeating George Washington’s army in Pennsylvania, British troops are sent to the Carolinas to split the fledgling country, recruiting affluent Tories to help fight the rebels. The effort begins on the coastal plain, and then troops are sent inland. When settlers beyond the Blue Ridge hear that the dreaded generals Patrick Ferguson and “Butcher” Tarleton are bringing their forces westward, they decide not to wait for Redcoats to reach their homes. The Overmountain Men form militias and trudge across the Appalachians, intent on stopping Ferguson’s army.
Fortunate readers will already know that Sharyn McCrumb has brought this crucial battle to life in this novel. Ms. McCrumb uses ancestral legends and solid history to introduce us to John Sevier, one of the Overmountain militia leaders. Virginia Sal, seamstress and bed-warmer of General Ferguson, slips us into British army councils and lends a touch of humanity to the reviled Ferguson. Vivid storytelling at its finest!