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Cornwallis marched through Davie County from Salisbury to the Shallow Ford of the Yadkin River in pursuit of General Nathanael Greene. Passing through Mocksville, the troops crossed Rocky Ford near Pudding Ridge. Tradition holds that Cornwallis gave Pudding Ridge its name while trying to move troops through that area in a rainy February. Cornwallis engaged Greene at Guilford Court House near Greensboro on March 15, 1781. A local mystery arose in 1910 when a man on horseback pulled a buried bottle from the banks of the Setzer's Cut roadbed and found inside a supposed dispatch for Cornwallis. Subsequent examination proved the age of the paper to be modern, so the question remains how did the message in a bottle come to be and for what purpose.

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