Battle of Kings Mountain | History of SC Slide Collection

Battle of Kings Mountain

The Battle of Kings Mountain, engraved in 1859 by Johnson, Fry and Company from an original painting by Chappel. Although the leader of the British forces here was a Scotsman, Major Patrick Ferguson, the riflemen opposing each other were Americans. Threatened by Ferguson with death if they did not submit, more than 900 angry frontiersmen moved against a defensive position on Kings Mountain that Ferguson and his Loyalist recruits had occupied. On October 7, 1780, using guerilla tactics rather than open attack, the Upcountry riflemen forced the Loyalists to surrender, then killed those who asked for quarter, leaving the wounded to die unattended on top of the mountain. In spite of the brutality, it was a stunning victory, coming as it did so soon after the demoralizing loss at Camden.

Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library.