“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Spruce Pine in Mitchell County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Gillespie Gap

Gillespie Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
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. 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
Gillespie Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frank Harder Sr., August 23, 2017
2. Gillespie Gap Marker
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. Marker can be reached from Parkway Maintenance Road 0.1 miles west of State Highway 226, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. This marker is behind the Museum of North Carolina Minerals. Marker is at or near this postal address: 79 Parkway Maintenance Rd, Spruce Pine NC 28777, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spruce Pine Mining District (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Loops (approx. 2 miles away); Cathey's Fort (approx. 4 miles away); Penland School (approx. 7.3 miles away); Pleasant Gardens (approx. 10.3 miles away); Carson House (approx. 11.2 miles away); a different marker also named Carson House (approx. 11.3 miles away); Roy Williams (approx. 11.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spruce Pine.
More about this marker. Gillespie Gap is nearby
Categories. War, US RevolutionaryWar, World IWars, US Indian
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2017, by Frank Harder Sr. of Dumfries, Virginia. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 23, 2017, by Frank Harder Sr. of Dumfries, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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