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Near Spruce Pine in Mitchell County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Gillespie Gap

 
 
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By Frank Harder Sr., August 23, 2017
1. Gillespie Gap Marker
Inscription.  On Friday, September 29, 1780, a large part of the American Army passed this spot, under command of Colonels William Campbell, Isaac Shelby and John Sevier. On their march to the battle of King's Mountain, where the British and Tory forces, numbering 1187, on top of the mountain, under Colonel Patrick Ferguson, were killed or captured and their leader slain, on October 7, 1780. The American volunteer patriots, under Colonel William Campbell, Benjamin Cleveland, Isaac Shelby, John Sevier, Joseph McDowell, Edward Lacey, James Williams, Samuel Hammond, Joseph Winston, Frederick Hambright, and other daring leaders in the War for American Independence. Surrounded and went up the mountain and thus defeated the British and Tories. With the defeat of King's Mountain began the downfall of British rule in America.

The only regiment intact in the Carolinas, East of King's Mountain at this time was the Marion Brigade. Famous in song and story. Commanded by General Francis Marion. In the war with the Cherokee Indians, in 1761, 30 men under the command of Marion were sent to dislodge the Indians in Etchoe Pass, so the main army could go through.
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By Frank Harder Sr., August 23, 2017
2. Gillespie Gap Marker
21 of the men under Marion were killed by the first fire of the Indians. Marion was unhurt. The heroism of the early patriots should never be forgotten. The conduct of Marion and his men in Etchoe Pass almost equaled the heroism of Leonidas and his brave band of Spartans at the pass of Thermopylae.

This highway leading to Marion is named in his honor Etchoe Pass.

It was the North Carolina and South Carolina and Tennessee troops—the 30th Division—in the World War that broke the Hindenburg Line.
 
Erected by North Carolina Historical Commmission.
 
Location. 35° 51.259′ N, 82° 3.074′ W. Marker is near Spruce Pine, North Carolina, in Mitchell County. Memorial can be reached from Parkway Maintenance Road 0.1 miles west of State Highway 226, on the left when traveling west. This marker is behind the Museum of North Carolina Minerals. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 79 Parkway Maintenance Rd, Spruce Pine NC 28777, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "The Blackwater Men Had Come Over the Mountain" (within shouting distance of this marker); Spruce Pine Mining District (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Loops (approx. 2 miles away); First Mountain Parkway
Gillespie Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, May 26, 2019
3. Gillespie Gap Marker
Looking west toward the marker. The Backwater Men Had Come Over the Mountain Marker is at the base of the Gillespie Gap Marker.
(approx. 3.1 miles away); Apple Tree (approx. 3.8 miles away); Cathey's Fort (approx. 4 miles away); Penland School (approx. 7.3 miles away); Pleasant Gardens (approx. 10.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spruce Pine.
 
More about this marker. The Gillespie Gap monument was originally located nearby in McDowell County where the Overmountain Men camped on September 29, 1780. It was relocated in 1955 during construction of the Museum of North Carolina Minerals. The museum was dedicated on June 17, 1955 by Governor Luther Hodges. The “The Blackwater Men Had Come Over the Mountain” Marker was added September 29th, 1980.
 
Also see . . .
1. Museum of North Carolina Minerals, Blue Ridge Parkway, National Park Service. The marker is located adjacent to this museum. (Submitted on August 28, 2019.) 

2. Gillespie Gap Monument, Spruce Pine, Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina. Link tells history of the Gillespie Gap Monument and the marker. (Submitted on August 28, 2019.) 

3. Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, National Park Service. Marker is recognized as part of the trail. (Submitted on August 28, 2019.) 
 
Categories. War, US RevolutionaryWar, World IWars, US Indian
 
The Backwater Men Had Come Over the Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, May 26, 2019
4. The Backwater Men Had Come Over the Mountain Marker
Located at the base of the Gillespie Gap Marker (see nearby markers). Looking west toward the marker.
Gap into History exhibit. Located inside the adjacent Museum of North Carolina Minerals. image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, May 26, 2019
5. Gap into History exhibit. Located inside the adjacent Museum of North Carolina Minerals.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2017, by Frank Harder Sr. of Dumfries, Virginia. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 63 times this year. Last updated on August 29, 2019. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 23, 2017, by Frank Harder Sr. of Dumfries, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on August 28, 2019. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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