Brittain Church Graveyard


The patriot militiamen passed through Gilbert Town on October 11, 1780, during their withdrawal from the battlefield, They had not only 800 prisoners to tend to, but their own wounded as well. The Presbyterian community around Brittain Church along Cane Creek took care of some of the wounded. Not all of them survived. The graveyard at Brittain Church has 15 graves of Revolutionary War soldiers. One grave is that of Lieutenant Thomas McCullough, a Virginian under William Campbell, who was mortally wounded during the battle, and who later died in the care of the church community.

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Brittain Church

Photo by Randell Jones

Brittain Church, a Presbyterian community established in 1768, took in some of the wounded militiamen during the patriot withdrawal from the Battle of Kings Mountain. The present building was built in 1852 with the brick veneer added in 1940. [View Additional File Details]

Brittain Church Graveyard

Photo by Randell Jones

The graveyard behind Brittain Church includes 15 graves for Revolutionary War soldiers. [View Additional File Details]

Excerpts from "Before They Were Heroes at King's Mountain" by Randell Jones

p. 481 On the 11th [of October] the entourage passed through Gilbert Town, where the prisoners were placed in pens while the Patriots rested. These pens, only days before, had been used by the occupying Tories to hold captured Patriots. The moment of revenge was sweet for some who gloated in their victory and taunted the prisoners. In the afternoon, the guards marched their prisoners on to the home of Colonel John Walker, who lived five miles from Gilbert Town, on the east side of Cane Creek and half a mile above its mouth. They remained in camp there on the 12th, taking liberties with the possessions, if not the personages, of the prisoners. Copyright 2011, Randell Jones Available at [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones, A Guide to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, “Brittain Church Graveyard,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed April 10, 2020, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​15.​
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