Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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September 11, 2013

Narramore aided the Revolution on numerous occasions

CROSSVILLE — U. S. Constitution Week will be observed Sept. 17-23, 2013, to mark the 226th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. With this in mind, this month we will honor a Revolutionary War soldier who is buried in Cumberland County.

John Narramore was born Jan. 22, 1762, in the Kershaw District, South Carolina. He died Jan. 11, 1851, and is buried in the Crossville City Cemetery. The Ford-Narramore Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution placed the marker on his grave. Our column must be 500 words or less, so there isn’t space for his family information in this article. Suffice it to say that many of his descendants still reside in Cumberland County. His service during the Revolutionary War will be shared using a synopsis in his own words from his pension application deposition.

In January 1779, at the age of 17, John Narramore was drafted into the South Carolina Militia, and served as a corporal under Col. Joseph Kershaw. During this two month term he served on the south side of Savannah in a surprise raid to disband the Tories gathering in the area. He was given an “in and out” discharge paper as proof of his service.

In the summer of 1779, John enlisted as a substitute for his father, Edward, who had been drafted. He marched to Orangeburg where he stayed for one month, serving as a private in this enlistment. He was again given a discharge paper which he also took home. A short time later the Tories raided the home of Edward Narramore and burned all the papers they found including the two discharge papers which John had received.

Charleston fell to the British on May 12, 1780; eight days later, John Narramore volunteered for service, this the third time in the militia. With Col. John Marshall he marched through North Carolina and into the edge of Virginia about the time General Gates was marching south. They were within twelve miles of joining his forces when Gates was defeated. In North Carolina Marshall’s forces joined under Gen.Thomas Sumter, “The fighting Gamecock,” for whom Fort Sumter is named. Sumter’s forces moved up the Catawba River to Fetherston Ford where he was defeated by the British Light Horse under Col. Tarleton, and Southern forces were disbursed.

Narramore’s group fell back to Salisbury, SC, where they rallied behind a little fence guarding and preventing the depredations of the Tories as they could until Gen. Nathanael Greene came on from the north. Prior to Greene’s arrival, Gen. Sumter had two battles with the British and Tories at Rocky Mount and the Catawba River near the Mountain Island and the other at Hanging Rock Creek, where they took about 30 prisoners. John Narramore participated in both of these battles.

Come back next week for the conclusion of John Narramore’s experiences and his long journey to receive a pension for his service during the American Revolution.

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Old Uncle Gib is a weekly historical feature published each Friday. Old Uncle Gib is a pseudonym that was used by S.C. Bishop, who founded the Chronicle in 1886. Bishop actively published the Chronicle until 1948.


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