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Legends & Lore®
- 410 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741, USA
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Highlands Historical Society
In 1885 a revenuer arrested 2 bootleggers from Moccasin, Georgia. He confined them in a Highlands hotel to await trial. An army of 18 Moccasin volunteers declared war and laid siege on Highlands. During the battle a Moccasin youth was killed. The Georgians returned home but shut off the only road to Highlands, threatening to kill anyone who tested the blockade. When a Confederate veteran volunteered to make the run, he faced 4 Georgian brothers marching toward him with Winchester rifles. The veteran wasn’t religious, but as tensions rose, he offered 3 prayers to save his soul. To this day it remains a mystery that the two adversaries passed by each other, ending the war. The veteran never knew what saved him: the prayers or the threat.