from this point patriot militiamen scaled this hill firing from tree to tree. the patriots used the forest for cover while they reloaded their weapons. ferguson's troops had better training and weapons than the patriots but the patriots knew the area and used the wooded terrian to their advantage.
after the revoluntionary war a number of veterans of the battle of kings mountain became influencial members of the government of the newly formed united states of america. two notable examples are john sevier and isaac shelby.
john sevier was the commander of the overmountain men at the battle of kings mountain. after the war he was the governor of the state of franklin from 1796 to 1801. the state of franklin was once a territory that included part of north carolina and tennessee. later sevier became the governor of the state of tennessee and a U. S. congressman.
isaac shelby was a militia commander at the battle of kings mountain. shelby was the first governor of the state of kentucky. the town of shelby north carolina is named in his honor.
pictured is the southern approach to the ridge at kings mountain. patriot militiamen scaled the ridge from the south while patriots fought the loyalists from the north. since the ridge was attacked from two directions the loyalists had no chance of escape.
pictured is a memorial to british major patrick ferguson. ferguson was the commander of loyalist forces at kings mountain. the death of fergusson was a patriot turning point during the battle of kings mountain.
pictured is a monument to patriot soldiers william chronicle, john mattocks, william rabb, and john boyd. this monument is on the site of the death of british major patrick ferguson. the death of ferguson was a patriot turning point during the battle of kings mountain.
your first stop on a visit to kings mountain national military park is the visitor center. at the visitor center you can get information about the battle and a map of the park. there is a 1 1/2 mile walking path on the ridge were the battle was fought.
We had a nice family outing at this National Monument and Park. The picnic tables were in a shaded area and there was plenty of parking within easy walking distance. We were there on a summer day in August and it was quite pleasant and comfortable.
The restrooms are in the main building by the Visitor's Center.
pictured is a monument to lt. colonel james hawthorn, the patriot commander of the york county troops.
pictured is the colonel ashburn coward monument. colonel coward was a patriot militia commander in the battle of kings mountain.
pictured is a memorial to patriot major william chronicle who lost his life during the battle of kings mountain.
pictured is the site of the 150 th anniversary of the battle of kings mountain. on october 7 th 1930 president herbert hoover gave a speech here to over 70,000 attendees.
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