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Griffith Rutherford, for whom Rutherford County was named, was a prominent and colorful figure in the early history of western North Carolina. He led the only large-scale campaign against the Indians in the mountain area. He was also a pioneer, statesman, distinguished solider, and a Brigadier General in the Revolutionary War.
In 1776, approximately 2500 North Carolina militia, under the command of Gen. Griffith Rutherford, marched against Cherokee Indians. Dickens uses historical papers and archaeological findings to delineate the Rutherford's route.
The retelling of the spectre cavalry fight which was circulated by newspapers all over the country in 1811. Supposedly, several inhabitants of the pass had seen a ghostly battle ensue, complete with sights, sounds, victors, and losers. Twenty years after the event, the author went to the ravine to explore and was guided by a grandson of one of the original story’s claimants. The guide assured him that it was merely a trick of the light and temperature differences that made the people see what they believed to be a supernatural phenomenon.