Editor says, what if Jack Jouett had never made it to Charlottesville? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality Cornwallis into Virginia. Tarleton undertook a series of small expeditions while in Virginia. Among them was a raid on Charlottesville, Virginia in an attempt to capture then-Governor Thomas Jefferson and disrupt the meeting of the Virginia legislature. The raid was partially foiled when Jack Jouett rode 40 miles through the night to warn Jefferson and the legislature of Tarleton's approach.
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