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Lloyd Branson’s lost King’s Mountain painting

The good news is that—as you may have noticed—I managed to restore my nifty header image of the overmountain men’s muster at Sycamore Shoals, which kicked off the events leading to the Battle of King’s Mountain.  I’ve discussed this painting and why I like it before, so I’m glad to have a segment of it gracing the top of the blog again.

Here’s the bad news.  Lloyd Branson, the East Tennessee artist who produced this beautiful piece, also painted a scene of the actual battle, which decorated the lobby of Knoxville’s swanky Hotel Imperial.  (An early travel booklet described the Imperial as “beautifully furnished,” and noted that the food was particularly good.)  During WWI the hotel went up in flames and took Branson’s King’s Mountain painting with it.  The loss of the Imperial inspired three Knoxvillians to build a brand-new hotel which opened shortly thereafter, but of course nobody could replace Branson’s canvas.

I’ve been unable to find a picture or description of it.  It’s a shame we don’t have the other “bookend” of Branson’s visual depiction of the King’s Mountain expedition, especially since the muster painting is one of Tennessee’s definitive historical artworks.

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Happy Battle of King’s Mountain Anniversary

I don’t know why the Revolutionary War in the Carolina backcountry fascinates me, but fascinate me it does, like no other place or period in history.  I’m particularly mesmerized by the small but significant partisan battle that raged on King’s Mountain on this date in 1780. 

Sadly, I won’t be celebrating at the battle site this year, but at least I can extend to you all my virtual best wishes and a hearty recommendation to visit King’s Mountain National Military Park for yourself.  It’s a very distinctive battlefield on a small wooded ridge, in a lovely, rural area near the North Carolina-South Carolina line.  The visitor center exhibit is fantastic, and Cowpens is a mere thirty-five miles away.

(The image of the Centennial Monument is from a website maintained by the NPS.)

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