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Our history is in danger !
Please sign the online petition to save the Trading Ford NC site at http://www.petitiononline.com/trading/petition.html . The Trading Ford contains Revolutionary and Civil War battlegrounds as well as other history spanning thousands of years .
The importance of the Trading Ford NC historic site was most recently recognized in Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States in June 2008.
Despite this recognition, careless development continues to threaten the site.The latest threat is by the Duke Energy Company, who wants to build a power plant DIRECTLY ATOP the site of Greene's Crossing !
During the "Race to the Dan River Campaign" in 1781, Greene drew Cornwallis into a trap that would be sprung at Yorktown with Cornwallis' surrender. In Feb 1781, Greene and his men eluded almost certain capture and annihilation by Cornwallis by crossing the Yadkin at the Trading Ford in the night while Cornwallis slept. After the crossing, the river rose , preventing the British from crossing .
If not for Greene's Crossing, there would have been no Battle of Guilford Courthouse and probably no surrender at Yorktown. We might all be paying taxes to the Crown !
This is an issue for ALL Americans, not just North Carolinians. Please sign the petition first, and if you'd like to further participate in an email campaign, then go to http://www.carolina-patriot.com/tradingford.html where email and web addresses have been organized .
Nancy Holmes Simpson, PhD
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