Pemberton Oak

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The Virginia militiamen, mustered under Colonel William Campbell, marched south from the Muster Grounds on Wolf Creek just west of Black's Fort toward the general muster at Sycamore Shoals. They followed their second in command, Major William Edmiston (Edmundson) while Campbell rode alone by another route to confer with Colonel Shelby.

On the first day, they passed by Pemberton Oak, a mustering point for militia under Captain John Pemberton of Shelby's command.

The oak stood proudly as the oldest living remnant of the Kings Mountain experience until August 2002 when the massive crown collapsed around its trunk. A plaque remains banded to the trunk. The Pemberton Oak is a certified site on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.

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Remnant trunk of the Pemberton Oak

Photo by Randell Jones

The branches of the Pemberton Oak fell around its trunk on a still, quiet day, August 1, 2002. Sue Pemberton Vaughn, in whose front yard the tree stood, had served as the trees caretaker and guardian. [View Additional File Details]

Plaque for the Pemberton Oak

Photo by Randell Jones

A cast iron plaque remains banded to the trunk of the Pemberton Oak, a certified site on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. The plaque reads: "Under this tree Colonel John Pemberton mustered his troops for the battle of Kings Mountain 1780 erected by Sycamore Shoals Chapter DAR" [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones, A Guide to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, “Pemberton Oak,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed September 24, 2017, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​22.​
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