Near Blacksburg in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Local Boys & Spies
The patriots who formed battle lines at the foot of this hillside were local boys who knew Kings Mountain well. Some had used the large clearing atop the ridge as a deerhunters' camp.
Local men from the South Fork settlements had helped the Whig colonels scout out where the King's men had taken their stand. as 25-year-old Major William Chronicle ordered his militia to "Face the hill!," many a men knew he would have to face close Relatives or neighbors among the Tories they wold soon fight.
Colonel Hambright's militia
Major Chronicle's militia - Gaston County, North Carolina
Near here Whig scouts questioned a Tory girl who had just been up to Ferguson's campsite to deliver some chickens. From her, and from John Ponder, a 14-year-old local lad just captured with the major's last letter in hand, they learned a key fact. The British commander was wearing an unusual "checked hunting shirt" over his fine officer's redcoat.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 35° 8.637′ N, 81° 22.718′ W. Marker is near Blacksburg, South Carolina, in York County. Marker can be reached from Park Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located along a 1.5
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sacred to the Memory Monument (a few steps from this marker); Major William Chronicle (a few steps from this marker); Col. Frederick Hambright (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major Ferguson Falls (about 400 feet away); Col. Ferguson Fell (about 400 feet away); Major Winston's (about 400 feet away); Colonel Patrick Ferguson Memorial (about 500 feet away); Fighting in a Forest Primeval (about 600 feet away); Lieutenant Colonel James Hawthorn (about 600 feet away); Tighten the Noose (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Blacksburg.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a depiction of a scout or spy on horseback peering through binoculars. In the lower center is a photo of a reenactor depicting the British officer with a checked shirt.
Also see . . .
1. Kings Mountain National Military Park (U.S. National Park Service). Thomas Jefferson called it "The turn of the tide of success." (Submitted on April 2, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Kings Mountain National Military Park. Kings Mountain National Military Park is a National Military Park near Blacksburg, South Carolina, along the North Carolina/South Carolina border. (Submitted on September 5, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Kings Mountain National Military Park. The Battle at Kings Mountain, fought between British loyalist forces and American patriots on October 7, 1780, ended a string of British successes in the Carolinas and Georgia. (Submitted on September 5, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Battle of Kings Mountain. The Battle of Kings Mountain, October 7, 1780, was a decisive Patriot victory in the Southern campaign of the American Revolutionary War. (Submitted on September 5, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary •
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