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Bees in the Revolutionary War (1775 to 1783)
General Andrew Jackson’s hatred of the “Red Coats” - Tarleton's soldiers meet their match.
No people in America hated the British so much as those who lived where Andrew Jackson did. The reason was that no other British officer was so cruel as "Butcher Tarleton," Tarleton was seen as a "butcher" when , it was said, America forces under Buford laid down their arms in an attempt to surrender yet the British continued their assault. Once, however, Tarleton and his men met their match. They were robbing a farm of its pigs and chickens and corn and hay. When they got through carrying things off, they were going to burn down the farm-house; but one of the "red-coats," in his haste, ran against a big hive of bees and upset it. The bees were mad enough. They swarmed down on the soldiers, got into their ears and eyes, and stung them so terribly that at last the robbers were glad to drop everything and run. If Andrew Jackson could have seen that battle, he would have laughed till he cried.
The beginner's American history, 1901, Page 165, By David Henry Montgomery, Ginn and Company.
(Image Right) Bees Beat the Red Coats, Page 166
(Image Left) Battle of Cowpens
Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton