Ein Kühner narrative on the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill & the War of the Rebellion
“A lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics, and divinity, that ever were written.” — Thomas Jefferson (1771).
Cmap key and legend (in verse)…
Loyalists (Tories) are red,
Patriots (Whigs) are blue.
Their wives are all pink,
But some are still yellow (cuz I’m just not sure),
Or Tar Heel blue (not around for the first battle),
And “War of the Rebellion” (Confederate) grey too…
My first edition eBook includes an expanded version of the narrative in this concept map about my paternal German ancestors and their involvement in two civil wars in the Catawba Valley region of the Old North State. From one of the “honored heroes” of what would become the Old Lincoln County, “who subdued the foes of husbandry in a wild unsettled region” (Alfred Nixon, 1908), to his Loyalist son — Captain Keener — who saved, and was then saved by, a wounded Patriot Captain, neighbor, and friend fleeing the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill, to his two Patriot grandsons in the American War of Independence, and to his other slave-owning descendants in Lincoln County and beyond, it’s all there.
And how is he kin to everyone in the Catawba Valley of North Carolina before 1964?medium.com
From the friends of Jefferson Davis in Kentucky to a Catawba Braves ambulance driver in the War of the Rebellion who became one of first town commissioners of the “the Biggest Little Football [and 1920s Cotton Mill Boom] Town in the World,” the second edition of my eBook is scheduled to release this summer. It will include an expanded narrative and additional details about these “Poor Palatines” and Pennsylvania Dutch clan of Reformed Lutherans who later established a “Do as you please” church open to Methodists, Reformed UCC, and Baptist congregations almost 150 years after their refugee predecessors fled wars, famines, and religious persecution by a Catholic Sun King in the Middle Rhine region of the Holy Roman Empire in the mid-18th Century.
From the teacher and Methodist minister of the Cherokee whose son married one of their “close advisor[s] and friend[s]” in the Carolina Backcountry during the Trail of Tears, to a Freemason and Livery Stable owner who wanted to build flying machines, this evolving secular humanist narrative is an attempt to revive the legacy started by a “frank, independent, and courageous” post-Reconstruction Era newspaper editor “with a deep aversion to sham and pretense wherever it appears.” I hope you enjoyed this short Kühner tale about our family, and I invite you to stay tuned for future editions. And, of course, I welcome any constructive feedback or criticism of this emerging story of the Amerikanische Geschichte by a real Southern rebel. As Karl Popper once said, “History is affected by discoveries we will make in the future.” So…what’s wrong, and what’s still missing?
Mnemonic for key players and themes (in verse)…
Abraham, Martin and John,
Were at the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill,
But thet didn’t free Monroe or Fannie.
And Andrew Jackson got no kisses from the Cherokee,
While Joe and Reverend Ulrich tried to make amends.
But Peter and Alexander should have listened to Ruth,
And George Washington would have bugged Walter Ney.
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Errata and Updated: Last modified — April 29, 2017.medium.com