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Give No Quarter Means "to Kill"

Stories that the Soldiers want you to remember are found in the Pension Records. During the Revolutionary War, the patriots fought in battles which they wished to remember, and pass on.  Some of the stories  helped to inspire people to join the cause.  Such as the one about Colonel Banastre Tarleton who "gave no quarter" to the South Carolina militia who displayed a white flag of surrender.  Instead, he ordered his men to run them in with their swords.  The story of Tarleton's vicious nature and cruelty spread throughout the ranks and gained more militiamen as they moved towards North Carolina and engaged in a battle at King's Mountain. Thus, the cry of victory was loudly proclaimed.  Today, the only means of learning some of these stories is to read actual pensions of Revolutionary War soldiers.

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