The Story - The Battle of Kings Mountain

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Chapter 16 - The Battle of Kings Mountain
"William Campbell and the Patriot militiamen rode on, getting closer to Little King’s Mountain. The rain had worked to their advantage, dampening the sound of the horses’ hooves and preventing them from raising a tell-tale cloud of dust as they approached.

As they reached the west end of the rise on which Ferguson was camped, the militiamen stopped and dismounted. They tied up their horses, leaving behind their blankets and their hunting frocks, and taking with them only what they would need in battle—their rifles, their powder, their shot, their tomahawks, and their hunting knives. The general command went out: 'Put fresh prime in your rifles, boys, and every man go into battle resolved to fight until he dies.' . . . ."


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Detail from "The Patriot Victory at Kings Mountain" by Richard Luce, 2012 (www.richardluce.com)

"They tied up their horses . . . taking with them only what they would need in battle--their rifles, their powder, their shot, their tomahawks, and their hunting knives." - from the audio file "The Story - The Battle of Kings Mountain" [View Additional File Details]

Detail from "The Patriot Victory at Kings Mountain" by Richard Luce, 2012 (www.richardluce.com)

"The overmountain and backcountry patriots from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia turned around and again faced the mountain, taking cover as they moved up the slope from tree to rock to tree . . ." - from the audio file "The Story - The Battle of Kings Mountain" [View Additional File Details]

Detail from "The Patriot Victory at Kings Mountain" by Richard Luce, 2012 (www.richardluce.com)

"The overmountain and backcountry patriots from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia turned around and again faced the mountain, taking cover as they moved up the slope from tree to rock to tree . . ." - from the audio file "The Story - The Battle of Kings Mountain" [View Additional File Details]

"The Patriot Victory at Kings Mountain"
painting by Richard Luce, 2012
(www.richardluce.com)

"The patriot militiamen remounted their attack, each man advancing under his own command, each fighting with courage and skill and commitment, and in time taking the crest of Little Kings Mountain." - from the audio file: "The Story - The Battle of Kings Mountain" [View Additional File Details]

All music from "Blooming", copyright 2010, The Forget-Me-Nots
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"Before They Were Heroes at King's Mountain" by Randell Jones, 2011

Before they were heroes at King's Mountain, the Overmountain Men of Carolina and Virginia frontiers were challenging the Shawnees and the Cherokees, developing the fighting skills that garnered them the fearsome appelation, "The yelling boys." Lord Dunmore's War in 1774 and the campaigns against the Cherokees in 1776 and against the Chickamaugas in 1779 developed their capacity for traversing mountainous terrain and fighting tree-to-tree in fierce, hand-to-hand battles. Renegade British Indian agents on the frontier conspired to incite the Cherokees to attack the rebel colonists to force the trespassers back across the Alleghenies, where "the Father," King Geroge III, wanted his subjects to stay. The Battle of Great Bridge in 1775 built the reputation of the "shirtmen" fro their expert marksmanship. The backcountry Patriots helped best the Scots Tories at Moore's Creek Bridge and the Loyalists at Ramsour's Mill. Five years into the American Revolution, the partisan, upcountry militiamen of South Carolina harassed the advancing British Legion and set the stage for the conflict in the Carolina piedmont that would destroy one-third of Cornwallis's army and turn the tide of the American War for Independence. All these skirmishes, battles, and campaigns during the six years before the fall of 1780 prepared these backcountry frontiersmen for the challenges they would face in their relentless pursuit of Major Patrick Ferguson--and before they were heroes at King's Mountain. Available at www.danielboonefootsteps.com [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones with The Forget-Me-Nots, “The Story - The Battle of Kings Mountain,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed December 15, 2018, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​55.​
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