Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Battle of King's Mountain

The Battle of Kings Mountain, October 7, 1780, was a decisive Patriot victory in the Southern campaign of the American Revolutionary War. Frontier militia loyal to the United States overwhelmed the Loyalist American militia led by British Major Patrick Ferguson of the 71st Foot. In The Winning of the West, Theodore Roosevelt wrote of Kings Mountain, "This brilliant victory marked the turning point of the American Revolution."

Essential to the American victory was a contingent of men, known as the "Overmountain Men" -- who came from what is now extreme western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.

To read more about the battle: Click Here.

To see a roster of the men who fought in it on the American side: Click Here.

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