Pilot Mountain


Pilot Mountain was a prominent landmark adjacent to the South Mountains. A broad gap to its southeast provided passage between the Catawba River basin and the Broad River basin. The backcountry militiamen marched toward this area on October 1 when persistent and heavy rain forced them to stop. They made a camp at Bedford Hill along Magazine Branch and over into the headwaters of Cane Creek. They remained in camp through October 2 waiting for the rain to pass. It was likely the remnants of a hurricane or tropical storm pattern. None of the men had a tent. Making camp meant simply standing beneath an evergreen tree or building a lean-to covered with evergreen boughs.

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Gap at Pilot Mountain

Photo by Randell Jones

This view looks southwest along today's US Hwy 64 with Pilot Mountain on the right and the South Mountains on the left. The patriot militia ascended Silver Creek from the right of this photo and then passed through this saddle gap to reach Bedford Hill and the headwaters of Cane Creek. [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones, A Guide to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, 2011, “Pilot Mountain,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed February 28, 2021, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​3.​
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