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The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

 
 
The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 25, 2008
1. The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Marker
Inscription. The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail preserves and commemorates the route of Patriot militia during the 1780 Kings Mountain campaign. During that historic event, on October 6, 1780, American forces stopped here at the Cow Pens to rest and eat before continuing on that night in pursuit of the British force.

Part of a larger National Trails System, the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail stretches approximately 330 miles from Abingdon, Virginia, through East Tennessee, over the high mountains of North Carolina, across the piedmont of North and South Carolina to Kings Mountain National Military Park administered by the National Park Service.

"We marched to the Cowpens,
Campbell was there,

Shelby, Cleveland, and
Colonel Sevier;

Men of renown, sir,
Like lions, so bold-

Like lions undaunted,
ne'er to be controlled.

We set out on our march
that very same night;

Sometimes we were wrong,
sometimes we were right;

Our hearts being run in
true liberty's mold,

We valued not hunger,
wet, weary, or cold.

On the top of Kings Mountain
the old rogue we found,

And, like brave heroes,
his camp did surround;

Like lightning, the flashes;
like thunder, the noise;

Our rifles struck the poor
Tories with sudden surprise."

Lossing, Vol. ll
 
Erected by Cowpens National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 35° 8.381′ N, 81° 49.071′ W. Marker was in Gaffney, South Carolina, in Cherokee County. Marker was on Chesnee Highway (Route 11). Touch for map. Located in Cowpense National Battlefield Park. Marker was at or near this postal address: 4001 Chesnee Highway, Gaffney SC 29341, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Welcome to Cowpens National Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Race to the Dan River (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); U.S. Memorial Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Cowpens Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Cowpens: Prelude to Victory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan's Flying Army (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spirit up the People (approx. mile away); After Victory (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaffney.
 
Also see . . .  Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. National Park Service site. (Submitted on October 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 905 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on September 25, 2017, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. Photo   1. submitted on October 27, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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