Betsy Dowdy LbNA # 52829
|Placed Date||Mar 14 2010|
|Last Update||Oct 26 2010|
From the NC Museum of History (http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/workshops/womenshistory/SESSION3.html) --
Betsy Dowdy: In the winter of 1775, Virginia’s royal governor, Lord Dunmore, was preparing an attack on the Albemarle Sound region in North Carolina. He wanted to seize the many fine horses in the area for his own soldiers. The only Revolutionary soldiers in the area strong enough to stop the assault were commanded by General William Skinner in Perquimans County. When sixteen-year-old Betsy Dowdy heard of Lord Dunmore’s plans, she rode her pony, Black Bess through the cold December night to General Skinner’s headquarters with the information. Skinner immediately sent his troops to meet Lord Dunmore’s army. The story of the fifty-one-mile ride of Betsy Dowdy and how she saved the horses is an endearing legend among North Carolina storytellers.
Another source: http://www.fmoran.com/dowdy.html
The stamp and logbook were kindly provided by Judith & Sparky.
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Please rehide well, not only with the rocks, but with plentiful pine straw as well.