Colonel James Williams was the highest ranking officer killed at the Battle of Kings Mountain. He was wounded in the last minutes of the battle on October 7, and tended by his son, Daniel. His men carried him carefully on their withdrawal on October 8, but he soon succumbed to his wounds. After vowing to return the body to his beloved Little River Plantation in the Ninety-Six District, his South Carolina militiamen thought better of it and buried him along Buffalo Creek, with military honors and firing a volley. Years later, his remains were moved to their current burial site in Gaffney, South Carolina, on the lawn of the Cherokee County pubic administration building.
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Randell Jones, A Guide to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, “Grave of Colonel James Williams,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed November 14, 2019, http://bythewaywebf.webfactional.com/omvt/items/show/14.