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

Drive the Enemy

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Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
1. Drive the Enemy Marker
Inscription.  The ridge ahead was craggy and rough, and covered with flame and smoke. Campbell's Virginia regiment had drawn a tough and bloody assignment; to lead the first strike against the Tories. They were the first to close with the enemy, the first to hear the thunder of the drums, and the first to face the terror of the bayonets coming downhill. Some patriots stood their ground and were run through. Most broke and ran.

The loyalists stopped their charge at the foot of this hill. William Campbell stood half-way between his foe and his own men, now on the run. As he saw his neighbors make tracks for the next ridge, he shouted, "Halt! Return, my brave fellows, and you will drive the enemy immediately!" One by one, the Virginians slowed, turned about, and rallied to attack again.

Colonel Campbell's militia- Holston River Valley, southwest Virginia

Personal leadership proved crucial here. Colonel Campbell made time to visit every corps while marching to Kings Mountain. Face to face, he had urged each man to do his duty. And his own Virginians suffered the most casualties of any patriot corps.

These men marched the most
Marker on the Battlefield Trail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2010
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miles to get into this fight. Although their homes in the Virginia mountains were far removed from the great plantation of the Tidewater, this regiment did include African-Americans-three free men of color and colonel servant, John Broddy
Erected by Kings Mountain National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 35° 8.46′ N, 81° 23.096′ 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. Charging Cold Steel - Three Times (within shouting distance of this marker); Presidential Recognition (within shouting distance of this marker); President Hoover (within shouting distance of this marker); In Honor of the Three Known African American Patriots (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Americans in Redcoats (about 400 feet away); The Battle of Kings Mountain Monument (about 400 feet away); Col. Asbury Coward
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(about 600 feet away); Be Your Own Officer (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blacksburg.
More about this marker. On the background of the marker is a photo of reenactors depicting the Virginia militia, including one African-American soldier.
Also see . . .
1. Kings Mountain National Military Park, Historic Resource Study, National Park Service. (Submitted on September 10, 2019.)
2. Kings Mountain National Military Park, National Park Service. (Submitted on September 10, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 2, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 887 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 2, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   2. submitted on August 22, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 25, 2022