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From: Ann Brownlee <>
Subject:  Help Save our Historic Sites!
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 23:01:03 -0800
To all interested in our Revolutionary War history:
The NC Department of Transportation is planning on destroying
many of our historic sites in the Trading Ford area of
the Yadkin River (NC). The planned widening of Interstate 85
will destroy historic resources important to our
Native-American, early settlement, Revolutionary War, and
Civil War heritage.
The interstate project will destroy land important to the
events surrounding Gen. Nathanael Greene's crossing of the Yadkin
River at the Trading Ford, pursued by Cornwallis' British forces,
February 2-4, 1781. In the evening of February 3rd, having moved
all but 150 of his troops, all the Salisbury District supplies,
and fleeing civilians across the river, Greene's rear-guard
engaged the van of the British army before escaping over the
river. On February 4th, the British initiated an artillery
exchange between the two armies. This event was part of the
"Race to the Dan" campaign. There are also two camps occupied
by forces in the fall of 1780 in this area.
Many of you sent an email in response to Dan Patterson's request
asking NCDOT for a public meeting. NCDOT promised this meeting
in April, and nothing further has been done.
There are alternatives which would save all these historic
sites. Even though federal laws mandate it, NCDOT has refused
to consider any alternatives.
Please go to this page:
Under "What you can do", please click on the first link to send
an email to NCDOT and the NC State Historic Preservation Office
asking that they save or minimize the highway construction's
impact on our historic sites. Please be sure to add your name
and mailing address to the end of the message.
This highway project is federally funded, so all of us, all over
the country, have a stake in what happens here.
Please make your voice heard!
Pass this on to your address books and other online lists.
Thank you for your continued interest and support.
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