Blacksburg in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Loyal Carolina Men
John Roberts, south Carolina patriot
Finding enemies on all sides, Major Ferguson called for a defensive ring facing outward along this quarter-mile-long ridge. Ninety percent of the Tories who fought here did not wear the King's redcoat. In the war-torn Carolina backcountry in 1780, allegiances were bitter, confused, and sometimes fluid.Some men did switch sides, even in the heat of the battle. After all,the foes firing uphill at them were their own neighbors-and brothers.
Ferguson's Tory regiments - North and South Carolina
Unlike the uniformed provincials who had sailed south with Lord Cornwallis, these men had not come great distances to fight the King's battles. Their war was close to home.
Erected by Kings Mountain National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1780.
Location. 35° 8.486′ N, 81° 22.932′ 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. Caught in a Crossfire (within shouting distance of this marker); Col. Asbury Coward (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle of Kings Mountain Monument (about 500 feet away); Shoot Tree to Tree (about 600 feet away); King's Mountain (about 600 feet away); Be Your Own Officer (about 700 feet away); Charging Cold Steel - Three Times (about 800 feet away); Lieutenant Colonel James Hawthorn (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blacksburg.
More about this marker. The background of the marker has a depiction of Carolina Tory soldiers. In the lower right is a map showing the origin of the Carolina Tory troops.
Also see . . .
1. Kings Mountain Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Kings Mountain National Military Park, National Park Service. (Submitted on September 9, 2019.)
3. Kings Mountain National Military Park, Historic Resource Study, National Park Service(Submitted on September 9, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 2, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 802 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 2, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.