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Major Ferguson Falls

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2010
1. Major Ferguson Falls Marker
Inscription. The chaos of battle roared along this ridge top. Piercing the din of gunfire and wounded men's groans, Ferguson's silver whistle shrilled, rallying his Tories. Two horses were shot out from under him; Ferguson seemed to be everywhere at once.

While he was charging and slashing at the advancing Whigs, eight or nine rifle balls struck the major at the same time. His unusual "checkered duster" had made him an easy target. Ferguson fell from the saddle, his boot caught in the stirrup.

Fierce fighting continued as Captain Abraham DePeyster assumed command, but not for long. Minutes later, the King's men were laying down their arms as white flags fluttered here and there amid the swirling gunsmoke.
 
Erected by Kings Mountain National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 8.583′ N, 81° 22.763′ 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
Major Ferguson Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
2. Major Ferguson Falls Marker
marker. Col. Ferguson Fell (here, next to this marker); Col. Frederick Hambright (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Patrick Ferguson Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieutenant Colonel James Hawthorn (within shouting distance of this marker); Major William Chronicle (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Local Boys & Spies (about 400 feet away); King's Mountain (about 400 feet away); Sacred to the Memory Monument (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Blacksburg.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photo of a reenactor portraying Ferguson laying mortally wounded. To the lower right is a portrait of Ferguson. Patrick Ferguson, age 36, served his King with professional distinction as a soldier for 20 years in Europe, the West Indies, and North America. Renowned as the best marksman in the British army, he was a dynamic militia recruiter and trainer in the Carolina's. His defeat here signified the end of any British hopes to win the war using Americans loyal to the Crown. The son of Scottish gentry, Major Ferguson was the only Briton to fight at Kings Mountain.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Major Ferguson Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2010
3. Major Ferguson Falls Marker
Marker on the Battlefield Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2010
4. Marker on the Battlefield Trail
Major Ferguson Portrait image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
5. Major Ferguson Portrait
Major Ferguson Fell image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
6. Major Ferguson Fell
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 743 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5, 6. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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