Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Yes, newcomers, Charlotte existed before the American Revolution

Charlotte and the American RevolutionIf you're new to Charlotte and unaware that this town existed before the Revolutionary War, you need to read Richard Plumer's "Charlotte and the American Revolution: Reverend Alexander Craighead, the Mecklenburg Declaration & and Fight for Independence" (The History Press, $21.99 paper). You'll learn that a bloody battle, in which the Mecklenburg militia defeated the British troops, took place in 1780 at the intersection of Tryon and Trade. You'll learn how the fiery Presbyterian minister Alexander Craighead incited the people of the backcountry to stand up for their rights against the British crown. You'll learn that although the county had less than three percent of the colony's population, its Patriots accounted for more than a quarter of North Carolina's Revolutionary troops.
Plumer is full of information, and he'll be signing books and talking about Charlotte's role in the war on the following dates:

On Thursday, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville
On Saturday, at 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at Carolina Place, 11055 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville
On Saturday, July 12 at 1 p.m. at Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr.


Anonymous said...

What a smug way to title an article about a book signing...

Anonymous said...

It was a true hick town then and it is worse now. No planning has resulted in sprawl and congestion. Illegal aliens and generations of welfare mommas ruin the city.