General Joseph Graham and His Papers on North Carolina Revolutionary History: With Appendix: an Epitome of North Carolina's Military Services in the Revolutionary War and of the Laws Enacted for Raising Troops

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Edwards & Broughton, 1904 - North Carolina - 385 pages
James Graham, the father of Joseph Graham, was of Scotch-Irish descent. When the Province of Ulster had been greatly depopulated by the armies of Elizabeth and James I. on account of the adherence of the inhabitants to the Roman Catholic religion and their opposition to the establishment in their country of the Church of England, King James endeavored to repopulate it with emigrants from England and Scotland, and also with Irish Protestants. -- pg. [9].

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This is a fascinating first hand account of the American Revolution in Southern Theatre in general and North Carolina in particular. Mecklenburg County native Joseph Graham provides one of the few complete primary sources for the Revolutionary War battles fought in the Carolina Backcountry. Graham opposed the British in the Race to the Dan and numerous battles and skirmishes including the Battle of Charlotte, the Battle of Cowan's Ford, and Pyle's Defeat. This is an important yet almost completely overlooked period of the American Revolution.  

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