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Kings Mountain Battlefild Trail

 
 
Kings Mountain Battlefild Trail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
1. Kings Mountain Battlefild Trail Marker
Inscription. If you follow the trail to your left, you will circle the base of Kings Mountain, as gathering patriot forces did on the afternoon of October 7, 1780. The path climbs to a rock-strewn ridge line which was defended by more than 1,000 American loyalists, under the command of one British officer, Major Patrick Ferguson. The fighting tree-to-tree was sharp and short-lasting only one hour, about the time you may spend walking. At the end, both Ferguson and British hopes for a quick victory in the South were dead.

Battlefield Trail
Trail is paved, 1.5 miles round-trip
Allow one hour to walk.
Moderate to steep grades
Use wheelchairs or strollers with caution
Please stay on trails to prevent erosion.
Relic hunting or damaging resources is prohibited. Report any suspicious behavior to a ranger.
 
Erected by Kings Mountain National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 8.549′ N, 81° 22.609′ 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 at the start of a 1.5 mile trail around Kings Mountain Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Blacksburg SC 29702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Kings Mountain Battlefild Trail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2010
2. Kings Mountain Battlefild Trail Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fighting in a Forest Primeval (within shouting distance of this marker); God Save the King! (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Liberty! (about 400 feet away); Major Winston's (about 400 feet away); Carolina Backwoodsmen (about 400 feet away); Two Parks, One Mountain (about 500 feet away); Americans Vanquished (about 500 feet away); Americans Victors (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Blacksburg.
 
More about this marker. In the upper center is a map of the battlefield indicating the location of the visitor center, the trail head, and the trail. Ironically although an army loyal to the king fought here in 1780, this mountain was not named for King George, but for a local settler family.

The lower half of the marker is a depiction of the fighting. Patriot leader and future President John Adams once guessed that during the American Revolution about one-third of the population supported independence, one-third supported the King, and one-third stayed out of the fight. The bitter fighting here in South Carolina reveals that the Revolution was Americas' first civil war.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 800 times since then and 53 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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