Blacksburg in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
150th Anniversary of the battle
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
This is a place of inspiring memories.
Here less than a thousand men, inspired by the urge of freedom, defeated a superior force....This small band of patriots turned back a dangerous invasion well-designed to separate and dismember the united colonies.
It was a small army and a little battle, but it was mighty portent. History has done scant justice to its significance, which rightly should place it beside Lexington and Bunker Hill, Trenton and Yorktown, as one of the crucial engagements in our long struggle for independence.
Herbert Hoover, October 7,1930
Imagine a throng of 70,000 people covering the hillside where today you see only thickening forest. A President of the United States had come, for the first time, to a Revolutionary War battlefield in the South. His audience that day was said to be the largest assembly ever seen on the East Coast up to that time. President Hoover's words were broadcast by radio coast-to-coast in the United States-and to Great Britain. Within a year of his visit, Congress established Kings Mountain National Military Park-at last giving this battlefield the federal status
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #31 Herbert Hoover series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 7, 1930.
Location. 35° 8.475′ N, 81° 23.131′ 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. Located along a 1.5 mile walking trail around the Kings Mountain Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blacksburg SC 29702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. President Hoover (a few steps from this marker); Drive the Enemy (within shouting distance of this marker); Charging Cold Steel - Three Times (within shouting distance of this marker); In Honor of the Three Known African American Patriots (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); British Route of March (about 600 feet away); Americans in Redcoats (about 600 feet away); The Battle of Kings Mountain Monument (about 600 feet away); Col. Asbury Coward (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blacksburg.
More about this marker. The background photo on the marker and a small inset show the gathered crowd and President Hoover delivering the speech.
Also see . . .
1. Kings Mountain Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 2, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Kings Mountain National Military Park, Historic Resource Study, National Park Service. (Submitted on September 10, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 1, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 839 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 1, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. 3. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 4. submitted on August 22, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 5. submitted on April 1, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.