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This week, as we celebrate the 4th of July with cookouts and fireworks, we would like to honor and remember the important role our area played in America's War of Independence.
The beginning of the end for the British army is often traced back to North Carolina and the area around Mecklenburg County.
After early British progress putting down the revolution in the Northern colonies slowed, they turned their attention to the south.
Upon capturing Savannah and Charleston, the "Red Coats" moved north under the command of Cornwallis, arriving in Charlotte.
Cornwallis was met with a bristling and determined resistance that he had entirely underestimated.
Battles at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse in Charlotte, Kings Mountain, McIntyre's Farm on Beatties Ford Road and Cowan's Ford all contributed to drain the British will, manpower and supplies.
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse, where Nathaniel Greene repelled British forces, finally convinced Cornwallis to abandon North Carolina and label our area a "Hornets Nest of Rebellion."
A little over a year later, Cornwallis and his battered and depleted army were defeated by George Washington at Yorktown, effectively ending the conflict.
As we remember the birth of our nation this week, we encourage you to visit these historic sites where the blood of our forefathers helped to secure one of the most stunning victories in military history.
We salute the rich heritage of Charlotte and North Carolina.
Happy Independence Day.