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North Facing Foundation Wall, and Trash Heap

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Just before the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, Lord Cornwallis, set his wagons, and baggage ahead to Bell's Mill. He had planned to go there to confiscate corn, and meal, for his army. He also knew that Capt. Bell, was an Officer in the North Carolina Militia.


What did not realize was that he was about to meet a woman that was his equal in saavy, and brave.


After the carnage at Guilford Courthouse, the badly hurt British Army needed a place to rest, and recoup, before moving on to Wilmington.


For three nights, and two days, Martha Bell, entertained Lord Cornwallis. She did so after striking a bargain with Cornwallis. "He would make her home is headquarters, and use her mill for provisions. He in turn would promise to protect, and leave her farm, and mill undamaged.


When he had this conversation, Martha Bell made Cornwallis give his word, else, she was going to burn the mill first, so that he could not benefit from it.


North Facing Foundation Wall, and Trash Heap


This is the North Wall Foundation of Bell's Mill, as it looked before being flooded by the waters of Deep River, and Muddy Creek, for the Randleman Lake.


Updated Comment: October,2006: This area is now under water.

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Taken on June 7, 2005