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"Jes' Plain Folks" -- With Rifles.

"Jes' Plain Folks" -- With Rifles.

"...more savage than the Indians, and possess[ing] every one of their vices, and not one of their virtues. I have known ome of these fellows [to] travel two hundred miles through the woods never keeping any road or path, guided by the sun by day, and the stars by night, to kill a particular person."
-- Maj. George Hanger

Der Ewige Hillbilly, as he would have appeared in 1780. In this age of high-tech mass-slaughter, it's easy to forget the misery ragged bands of determined, highly pissed-off backcountry "savages" like this could inflict upon a "modern" army. Major Patrick Ferguson found out the hard way, at King's Mountain.

"If you choose to be degraded forever by a set of mongrels, say so at once, and let your women turn their backs upon you, and look out for real men to protect you," ran Ferguson's taunt to the men of the backcountry. On October 7th, 1780, he paid for his words with his life, courtesy of a thousand or so "mongrels" like the one in the photo.