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    Kings Mountain

    National Military Park South Carolina

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  • Park Closed Monday October 13, 2014

    In observance of Columbus Day, Kings Mountain NMP will be closed on Monday October 13, 2014. The park will re-open on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

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    Loyalists in American Revolution

    John Adams wrote that approximately one-third of the American population supported the move for independence (Patriots), one-third of the population supported the king (Loyalists), and one-third supported neither side (neutral).

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    Loyalists/Tories in the American Revolution

    John Adams wrote that approximately one-third of the American population supported the move for independence (Patriots), one-third of the population supported the king (Loyalists), and one-third supported neither side (neutral).

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    The Battle of Kings Mountain

    The Battle of Kings Mountain (October 7, 1780) was one of the most dramatic and hotly contested battles of the Revolutionary War. On an isolated ridge top in the Carolina backcountry, nearly 1000 American Patriots surrounded and overwhelmed an approximately equal number of American Loyalists.

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    African Americans in the American Revolution

    In “The Negro in the American Revolution,” Benjamin Quarles said the African-American was “a participant and a symbol. He was active on the battlefronts and behind the lines . . . The Negro’s role in the Revolution can best be understood by realizing that his major loyalty was not to a place nor to a people, but to a principle. Insofar as he had freedom of choice, he was likely to join the side that made him the quickest and best offer in terms of those ‘unalienable rights’ of which Mr. Jefferso

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    Battle Tactics of Kings Mountain

    In order to compare the tactics of the Battle of Kings Mountain with the tactics of the other battles of the American Revolution, one must consider the topography of the battlefield. The battlefield ridge is a spur of the Kings Mountain range, a monadnock formation which rises above the surrounding plateau. The ridge runs northeast to southwest and was covered with a mature hardwood forest with scattered stands of pine.

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    Topography

    The Battle of Kings Mountain is an excellent example of how landscape and geography can affect the outcome of events. Loyalist battalion of 1,100 men, equipped with the standard issue flintlock muzzle loaders known as the Brown Bess, established their camp on the ridge of Kings Mountain some 150 feet above the surrounding area and awaited the arrival of the enemy. The Patriot force carrying long rifles approached the mountain from its base.

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    Cowpens ~ the Turning Point

    Discover how the Battle of Cowpens contributed to the demise of the Southern Campaign and meet the heroic leaders who faced Banastre Tarleton head on.

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    This Land is Your Land

    This Land is Your Land is an interesting and aggressive lesson that incorporates research, hands on activities and on-site learning to illustrate and reinforce how the geographic features of Upstate South Carolina contributed to the Patriot strategy in their ultimate success at the Battle of Cowpens, 1781.

Did You Know?

trees in the foreground with the Kings Mountain range in the background

Kings Mountain battlefield is a spur of the 16 mile Kings Mountain Range, which starts in North Carolina and extends 1.5 miles into South Carolina. The Kings Mountain Range was named after an early settler, not the King.