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Blacksburg in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Be Your Own Officer

 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
1. Be Your Own Officer Marker
Inscription.
When we encounter the enemy, don't wait for a word of command. Let each of you be your own officer, and do the very best you can....If in the woods, shelter yourselves and give them Indian play; advance from tree to tree...and killing and disabling all you can....
Isaac Shelby, Tennessee patriot leader

One by one, rough woodsmen from beyond the Blue Ridge plunged through the forest and up the slope you see before you as the shooting started. Life on the frontier and long experience in Indian warfare had hardened them into fierce individual fighters, not much prone to take directions from others. And like Indians, they hollered out loud as they aimed and fired, dashed and ducked.

Although their tiny farms were far away, seemingly deep in mountain strongholds, these Whigs took seriously Major Ferguson's threat to cross the mountains, hang their leaders, and lay waste their country with fire and sword-enough to tramp over the Blue Ridge twice to stop him.

Colonel Shelby's militia - Watauga River Valley, eastern Tennessee
The Crown forces atop Kings Mountain knew this regiment of frontiersmen. Six weeks earlier, Shelby's men had ambushed and bloodied Ferguson's troops at Musgroves Mill.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location.
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By Brian Scott, May 14, 2010
2. Be Your Own Officer Marker
35° 8.577′ N, 81° 23.034′ W. Marker is in Blacksburg, South Carolina, in York County. Marker can be reached from Kings Mountain Park Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located along a 1.5 mile walking trail around the Kings Mountain Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Blacksburg SC 29702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shoot Tree to Tree (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charging Cold Steel - Three Times (about 600 feet away); Loyal Carolina Men (about 700 feet away); Drive the Enemy (about 800 feet away); Presidential Recognition (about 800 feet away); President Hoover (approx. 0.2 miles away); Col. Asbury Coward (approx. 0.2 miles away); Caught in a Crossfire (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Kings Mountain Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tighten the Noose (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Blacksburg.
 
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is figure depicting on of Shelby's men.
 
Also see . . .  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.) 
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Be Your Own Officer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 14, 2010
3. Be Your Own Officer Marker
Be Your Own Officer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 14, 2010
4. Be Your Own Officer Marker
Marker on the Battlefield Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2010
5. Marker on the Battlefield Trail
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By Brandon Fletcher, April 4, 2014
6. Be Your Own Officer Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 836 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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