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Why It Matters–The Battle of Kings Mountain–Beth Trissel

At the Battle of King’s Mountain men attacked the army from behind trees (Guerilla warfare).The British tried to surrender, but were offered no quarters due to the harsh treatment of the army to the citizens. This battle ended up being an American victory. It was also the turning point of the war because the British began to retreat from the Upcountry.


Patriot Colonel Cleveland after Battle of Kings Mountain, SC. He's the big guy on the white horse that belonged to Ferguson, the slain leader of the loyalists. Painting by Don Troiani


In 1780, a group of Patriot militiamen mustered in North Carolina to fight for liberty. The Overmountain Men gathered from the hills and valleys of western North Carolina, including today’s NE Tennessee, and from the Holston Valley of SW Virginia, joining with Yadkin Valley and Piedmont of North Carolina and from South Carolina and Georgia. This determined host of volunteer militiaman won a decisive victory that changed the course of the American Revolutionary War. Thank God for bravery…

from This Day in North Carolina History

Patriot Forces Defeat the British in the Battle of Kings Mountain

Today in North Carolina history (Oct. 7, 1780): Patriot forces defeat the British at the Battle of Kings Mountain, turning the tide of the war in the South.


The Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain - North Carolina Digital History

The Battle of Kings Mountain was a decisive battle between the Patriot and Loyalist militias in the Southern campaign of the American Revolutionary War. The actual battle took place on October 7 1780, nine miles south of the present-day town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina in rural York County, South Carolina, where the Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist militia commanded by British Major Patrick Ferguson of the 71st Foot.


Colonel Benjamin Cleveland (May 28, 1738 – 1806) was an American pioneer and soldier in North Carolina. He is best remembered for his service as a colonel in the North Carolina militia during the Revolutionary War, and in particular for his role in the American victory at the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780.