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“B” is for Barry, Margaret Catherine Moore (1752-1823)

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“B” is for Barry, Margaret Catherine Moore (1752-1823). Revolutionary War heroine. A native of Ireland, “Kate” Moore immigrated to Spartan District with her family in 1763 where she married Andrew Barry. The couple settled at Walnut Grove. During the Revolutionary War, Andrew Barry served as a captain in the militia. Prior to the engagement in January 1781 that would become known as the Battle of Cowpens, “Kate” helped carry General Daniel Morgan’s message summoning the militia to muster and join his army. She also served as a scout for patriot forces. When captured, she refused to reveal any information and there are some accounts that say she was beaten. Her activities not only helped the patriot forces, but also served as anti-British propaganda. Margaret Catherine Moore Barry’s ride before the Battle of Cowpens was memorialized in poetry and monuments.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.