Ferguson, Patrick

SC — 7 October 1780.
Blacksburg, SC — This 3,945 acre park commemorates the 1780 battle between colonialists — Patriot vs. Loyalist with no British involved.

In a land where horsemanship was often men’s touchiest point of pride, Jefferson had to admit he never saw Washington’s like for grace and control in the saddle. A froniter runner and Indian wrestler — his friend George Mercer described his frame as padded with well-developed muscles — Washington had by 1774 refined mere energy down to a grace of least movement, the higher athleticism of the dance. And he danced well.

Garry Wills
Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence (1978)