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Part of the Third Red Coat Army from England, Colonel Patrick Ferguson fought and died while fighting against local militia at the Battle of King's Mountain, 7 October 1780. Scotsman, tactician, and military leader, Ferguson led some 1,000 men in battle alongside Lord Cornwallis. He is buried on King's Mountain, North Carolina.
Designed by William Strickland and built in 1835, the Charlotte Federal Mint was erected in America's first gold-mining region. Nearly destroyed by fire in 1844, the Charlotte Mint served as a Confederate headquarters during the Civil War. Although reopened after the close of the war, currency production never resumed.
A chance meeting between James B. Duke and Dr. W. Gill Wylie led to a meeting with William States Lee, a young engineer who knew a great deal about electricity. Together the three men planned a power firm that began with the name Southern Power Company in 1905 and later became the Duke Power Company. Today there are 20,000 miles of lines in the system which serves over a million people.
In an excerpt from his 1848 book, Letters from the Alleghenies, Lanman describes his six-mile hike to Alum Cliffs, which he called the chief attraction of the Smoky Mountains, and a stop-over in Qualla Town, which was about thirty miles from Franklin, and the home of a number of Cherokees. He comments on poor people, dogs, and insects.