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Caught in a Crossfire

 
 
Caught in a Crossfire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
1. Caught in a Crossfire Marker
Inscription. Hard pressed on every side, Ferguson's men fell back to their camp, which lay in the saddle of the ridge you see just ahead. As some Tories tried to surrender, bullets continued to pour into their ranks from all directions. Too late, they saw they were pinned down in a deadly crossfire.

Patriots rounding up Tory prisoners remembered how British Colonel Tarleton had ordered rebel prisoners taken at nearby Waxhaws to be killed in cold blood. Even as the heat of battle cooled atop Kings Mountain, few Tories were shown mercy.

One-Third of the British Army

Furguson's camp included tents and weapons for a thousand men, cattle, and horses, and 19 large baggage wagons. This encampment contained one-third of British military strength available in the South.

The cursed rebels Came upon us killed and Took every Soul and So My Dear friends I bid you farewell for I am Started to the warm Country.
Last entry in a loyalist's diary found on the battlefield
 
Erected by Kings Mountain National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 8.503′ N, 81° 22.899′ W. Marker is in Blacksburg, South Carolina, in York County. Marker can be reached from
Caught in a Crossfire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
2. Caught in a Crossfire Marker
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. Loyal Carolina Men (within shouting distance of this marker); King's Mountain (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shoot Tree to Tree (about 500 feet away); Col. Asbury Coward (about 500 feet away); Lieutenant Colonel James Hawthorn (about 600 feet away); The Battle of Kings Mountain Monument (about 700 feet away); Tighten the Noose (about 800 feet away); Be Your Own Officer (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Blacksburg.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is an illustration depicting the fighting.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker on the Battlefield Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2010
3. Marker on the Battlefield Trail
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 661 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   3. 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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