Heather Burns


A Glimpse Into The Past - Poem by Heather Burns

(A tribute to William Burns)
(from the archives)

As I opened my history book, began
to read a familiar name came into
view. One as a child I had heard my
father speak of so often.

My great great great grandfather
William Burns Sr. b.1756 d.1843

William was a Revolutinary War Hero
fought in the battle of Kings Mountain

Served in Capt. Joseph Martin's
company fighting the Indians,
in Col. Christie's Virginia regiment.

He was discharged at Long Island
of Holston in Tenn. Rein listened
the same day serving in Capt.
Martins company under Major Belcher
fighting for the frontier.

Shortly after the battle of Ramsour's
Mill, he enlisted in Wilkes County
N. Carolina to serve with Capt.
Micajah Lewis Co. in Col. Gordon's
N. Carolina regiment. He served in
Virginia, N. Carolina and Tennessee
military.

The Battle of Kings Mountain

Patriots from Virginia, North
Carolina and Tennessee rose up in arms
went to fight the British.The men met
in S. Carolina, selected eleven hundred
of their best men and horses. William
Burns was one of the Virginians under
William Campbell.

They marched all night though the rain
and on the morning of 10-7-1780, they
arrived at Kings Mountain. The British
had already selected their position and
had the advantage over the Americans.
The battle was on. Another American
regiment appeared on the mountain top
The battle field was equalized. The
battle was a life and death struggle
so was the American cause.

There was a clang of sabers. the charge
and counter charges of cavalry. the
cannons roared, shrieks of havoc, a
bloody struggle, moans of wounded and
dying men.

When the battle ended the Americans
had truly fired a shot that was heard
around the world. Never before had such
a battle been fought.

Thomas Jefferson said it was the turning
point in the war. Great Britian
understood the patriots of America
could not be conquered.

A national monument has been erected by
the U S government in honor of The
Kings Mountain Hero's.

As I read about William and his struggles
in life I am so proud to carry his name.
I would wish the pages of time could
unfold, repeat itself so he and I could
meet and know each other.

But six generations has passed so all I
can do is pay a tribute to him.
To my beloved grandfather buried deep in
the soil of the country he loved.

His name is listed in the archives as a
Kings Mountain Hero.
















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Comments about A Glimpse Into The Past by Heather Burns

  • Rookie - 313 Points Chris G. Vaillancourt (6/2/2014 9:27:00 AM)

    Such a gripping piece...such vivid imagery that just picks you up and throws you into a world (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 313 Points Chris G. Vaillancourt (6/2/2014 9:26:00 AM)

    Such a gripping piece...such vivid imagery that just picks you up and throws you into a world (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,734 Points Geetha Jayakumar (9/11/2013 7:54:00 AM)

    A wonderful Tribute to your Great Grand Father...Thank you Heather, for sharing with us proud history and a memorable one.. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,716 Points Noreen Carden (9/10/2013 4:52:00 PM)

    Hi Heather how wonderful to have such a proud history
    a fitting tribute for your grandfather (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,678 Points Neela Nath (9/10/2013 7:30:00 AM)

    Informative precious poem on a brave-heart! Thanks a lot. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 347 Points David Wood (9/10/2013 5:11:00 AM)

    Ah, we should have never given up the colonies - gave in too easily: -) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/9/2013 8:50:00 PM)

    A tribute is the best gift which a human body can give and u presented so nice of u thank u (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,726 Points Dinesh Nair (9/9/2013 8:37:00 PM)

    Memories and history walk in hands and this write opens our eyes to have a glimpse of things personal to you Heather and memorable for all of us. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 162 Points Vipins Puthooran (9/9/2013 3:35:00 PM)

    an unheard historical poem! ! ! ! good work! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 196 Points Dr.subhendu Kar (9/9/2013 3:34:00 PM)

    yet a historic tribute to great great grand father,10+++, thanks dear f Heather (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 321 Points Poetheart Morgan (9/9/2013 11:44:00 AM)

    A beautiful historical Poem. Thanks for enlighten me Poetess. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,778 Points Dave Walker (9/9/2013 1:14:00 AM)

    A really fantastic poem and a wonderful tribute. A great write. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,253 Points Unwritten Soul (9/8/2013 11:42:00 PM)

    WOW this is a good history and personal history that for you to be proud...and yes you are making his legacy louder now by sharing it here :) _Soul (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 8, 2013

Poem Edited: Sunday, August 10, 2014


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