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

Drive the Enemy

 
 
Drive the Enemy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
1. Drive the Enemy Marker
Inscription. The ridge ahead was craggy and rough, and covered with flame and smoke. Campbell's Virginia regiment had drawn a tough and bloody assignment; to lead the first strike against the Tories. They were the first to close with the enemy, the first to hear the thunder of the drums, and the first to face the terror of the bayonets coming downhill. Some patriots stood their ground and were run through. Most broke and ran.

The loyalists stopped their charge at the foot of this hill. William Campbell stood half-way between his foe and his own men, now on the run. As he saw his neighbors make tracks for the next ridge, he shouted, "Halt! Return, my brave fellows, and you will drive the enemy immediately!" One by one, the Virginians slowed, turned about, and rallied to attack again.

Colonel Campbell's militia- Holston River Valley, southwest Virginia

Personal leadership proved crucial here. Colonel Campbell made time to visit every corps while marching to Kings Mountain. Face to face, he had urged each man to do his duty. And his own Virginians suffered the most casualties of any patriot corps.

These men marched the most miles to get into this fight. Although their homes in the Virginia mountains were far removed from the great plantation of the Tidewater, this regiment did include African-Americans-three free men
Marker on the Battlefield Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2010
2. Marker on the Battlefield Trail
of color and colonel servant, John Broddy
 
Erected by Kings Mountain National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 8.46′ N, 81° 23.096′ 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 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charging Cold Steel - Three Times (within shouting distance of this marker); Presidential Recognition (within shouting distance of this marker); President Hoover (within shouting distance of this marker); Americans in Redcoats (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle of Kings Mountain Monument (about 400 feet away); Col. Asbury Coward (about 600 feet away); Be Your Own Officer (about 800 feet away); British Route of March (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Blacksburg.
 
More about this marker. On the background of the marker is a photo of reenactors depicting the Virginia militia, including one African-American soldier.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 637 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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