Before They Were Heroes at King’s Mountain

Before They Were Heroes at King’s Mountain

In this presentation audiences will be drawn in to the story of the American Revolution in the south. The talk on this campaign can focus on three principle areas from Jones’ book Before they were Heroes at King’s Mountain:

1. The Overmountain Men and the Battle of King’s Mountain
2. The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge
3. The Route of the South Carolina and Lincoln County Militia

In the fall of 1780 a thousand citizen soldiers, the Overmountain men, banded together and marched over the Appalachian Mountains in a preemptive strike on the British army moving through the region. For two weeks North Carolina and Virginia militiamen under the leadership of Isaac Shelby, John Sevier, William Campbell, Benjamin Cleveland, and others, rode through snow and rain to track down Major Patrick Ferguson and his army of Loyalists. Simultaneously South Carolina militia and Lincoln County militia were withdrawing in advance of General Cornwallis’ approach to Charlotte Town. In the Catawba River valley the southern militia groups and the Overmountain men united and were joined by refugee militia and recruits mustered by James Williams to create a formidable opposition. On October 7, 1780 the Patriot militia surrounded the regiment of British-trained American Loyalists atop Little King’s Mountain. The Patriot militiamen defeated the Loyalists in one hour, killing or capturing all the Tories. Thomas Jefferson called this victory, which destroyed the left flank of Cornwallis’s army advancing under its Southern Strategy, the “turning of the tide” in America’s fight for independence.

Many of the men who fought at Kings Mountain were experienced militiamen, having fought during the prior six years in numerous campaigns against Shawnee and Cherokees and some having fought at Moore’s Creek Bridge to forestall the British efforts in 1776.

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