Blacksburg in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
For the first time since Lexington and Concord, people living in the nearby Piedmont and over-mountain settlements had to make a hard choice. The men who charged through these woods were determined to defend their homes. They had taken up arms against the King and his officers, and now they would spill blood-for a new country.
Patriot fighters here wore their everyday frontier clothes, not military uniforms. Some Whigs put scraps of white paper in their hats, the only way to distinguish a friend from a Tory foe.
Militiamen answered the call to duty armed with an assortment of weapons from their farms and hunting camps-long rifles, hunting knives, muskets, and tomahawks.
Erected by Kings Mountain National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 35° Touch for map. Located along a 1.5 mile walking trail around the Kings Mountain Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Blacksburg SC 29702, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. God Save the King! (here, next to this marker); Carolina Backwoodsmen (here, next to this marker); Americans Vanquished (within shouting distance of this marker); Americans Victors (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Two Parks, One Mountain (about 300 feet away); Kings Mountain Battlefield Trail (about 400 feet away); Fighting in a Forest Primeval (about 500 feet away); Major Winston's (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blacksburg.
More about this marker. The background illustration on the marker depicts frontier soldiers in action on October 7th, 1780. In the upper right is a map indicating Where the Whigs Came From.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 892 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 5, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. 2. submitted on August 22, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 4, 5. submitted on April 5, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.