Charlotte Readers Podcast: Randell Jones

Randell Jones

A Revolutionary Battle, Daniel Boone and More

In this episode, we meet author Randell Jones, and explore his writing about the revolutionary war in the South and the adventures of Daniel Boone.

Randell reads from his script, The American Spirit, 1780, which takes us into the battle of Kings Mountain, a turning point in the fight for American’s freedom. He then reads from In The Footsteps of Daniel Boone, taking  us to the backcountry along the Kentucky river, where Boone is engaged in a harrowing encounter with a party of armed Shawnees.

Charlotte Readers Podcast is sponsored by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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In this episode, we meet author Randell Jones, and explore his writing about the revolutionary war in the South and the adventures of Daniel Boone.

Randell reads from his script, The American Spirit, 1780, which takes us into the battle of Kings Mountain, a turning point in the fight for American’s freedom. He then reads from In The Footsteps of Daniel Boone, taking  us to the backcountry along the Kentucky river, where Boone is engaged in a harrowing encounter with a party of armed Shawnees.

Randell also reads a story about a prison camp in Salisbury during the Civil War and finishes with a humorous story about youth, called “The Truth at 13.”

Here is an excerpt from the scene Randell reads where the arrogant British Major Patrick Ferguson is defending the high ground against an advance by the backcountry patriots:

“In the summer of 1780, during the Revolutionary War, British forces marched through South Carolina, gathering an army of Americans still loyal to the King. British Major Patrick Ferguson threatened to burn the homes and to hang the rebel leaders of the backcountry patriots in the Overmountain region of North Carolina. Never fearful of such a threat, a thousand patriot militiamen marched across the Appalachian Mountains to track down the arrogant major. They caught up with Ferguson and his loyalist army atop Little Kings Mountain on October 7th.”

Randell Jones is a North Carolina author of several non-fiction books including In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone, Before They Were Heroes at King’s Mountain, and From Time to Time in North Carolina.

Since 2007, he has served as an invited member of the Road Scholar Speakers Bureau of the North Carolina Humanities Council. He has received two awards from the Kentucky Historical Society and in 2013, the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution conferred on him its national History Award Medal for his body of work.

Randell is visiting from Winston-Salem where he writes and speaks as Daniel Boone Footsteps.

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