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

Carolina Backwoodsmen

 
 
Carolina Backwoodsmen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
1. Carolina Backwoodsmen Marker
Inscription. This distinguished race of men are more savage than the Indians,and possess every one of their vices, but not one of their virtues. I have known...these fellows(to) travel 200 miles through the woods never keeping any road or path, guided by the sun by day, and the stars by night, to kill a particular person of the opposite party.
George Hanger, British Officer formerly attached to Ferguson's Provincial corps

Many British leaders, like Major Hanger, had little hesitation in voicing low opinions of the pioneers who lived on the farthest edges of the Empire. As the first shots rang out, the woods to your were filled with 160 such men, who had indeed traveled more than 200 miles of roadless wilderness to oppose the King.

Leaving their hard-ridden horses tied a mile from Kings Mountain, rough riflemen rushed along the slope take up their assigned place here. Their job-to block the Tories should they try to escape to rejoin Lord Cornwallis.

Major McDowell's militia - Burke & Rutherford Counties, western North Carolina
In late September,these western Carolina Whigs had ridden over the highest mountains in the East to answer the call for patriots to rally at Sycamore Shoals, Tennessee. As these over-mountain men crossed 4,700-foot-high Roan Mountain coming back east, they rode through snow
Carolina Backwoodsmen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2010
2. Carolina Backwoodsmen Marker
that was already "shoe-tongue deep."
 
Erected by Kings Mountain National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 8.488′ N, 81° 22.64′ 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. Liberty! (here, next to this marker); God Save the King! (a few steps from this marker); Americans Vanquished (within shouting distance of this marker); Americans Victors (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Two Parks, One Mountain (about 400 feet away); Kings Mountain Battlefild Trail (about 400 feet away); Fighting in a Forest Primeval (about 500 feet away); Major Winston's (about 600 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 militia men from Western North Carolina. In the lower right is a map of the battle showing the location where McDowell's Militia fought.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker on the Battlefield Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2010
3. Marker on the Battlefield Trail
Several markers are found at this location behind the Visitor Center. The Carolina Backwoodsmen marker is seen here on the left.
Carolina Backwoodsmen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
4. Carolina Backwoodsmen Marker
Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
5. Battle Map
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 653 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4, 5. 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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