Kings Mountain is a unique battle for several reasons. It was one of the few major battles of the war fought entirely between Americans: no British troops served here. In the South, many people were divided. When the war started, some fought for independence, others for loyalty to England.
Kings Mountain is also unique in that large numbers of riflemen fought here. Rifles were not used much by the armies. A rifle was a hunting weapon, used by families on the frontier. The American militia that fought here mainly used rifles; the Loyalist troops had mostly muskets.
Did You Know?
In the battle at Kings Mountain many families were divided. The Logans had 2 brothers on each side, the Goforths had one Patriot and three Loyalists, the Mattocks had two Patriots and one Loyalist.