Major Patrick Ferguson was a Scottish officer who was trained loyalists in traditional British military techniques, especially the use of the bayonet. He earned the nickname “Bulldog” during his military career. At the Battle of Brandywine in the North, he lost the use of his right arm so Ferguson used a whistle to drill his troops.
Ferguson’s army consisted of 120 well-trained British Provincial soldiers, formed from Northern volunteer units, along with about 800 loyalist militiamen recruited from the Carolinas. As Ferguson led his amy into South Carolina, he sent the Overmountain men a bold warning.
Unfortunately, Ferguson had isolated himself from the main British army by establishing an elevated position at Kings Mountain.
On October 7, 1780, almost a thousand patriots surrounded him and attacked. A hail of patriot bullets hit Ferguson at the same time, and he died of multiple gunshot wounds.
IMAGE CREDIT: The portrait of Major Patrick Ferguson was painted by Thomas Kelly Pauley.
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