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.)



Filed under American Revolution, History and Memory

2 responses to “Happy Battle of King’s Mountain Anniversary

  1. What a coincidence; I just picked up Robert Dunkerly’s book of first-hand accounts of the Battle of King’s Mountain this past weekend while I was on vacation. I didn’t even realize the anniversary was upon us.

    I enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work!

    Andrew @ Civil War Navy

  2. mlynchhistory

    Thanks for the kind words! I’ve seen Dunkerly’s book, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I also recommend the autobiography of James Collins, who fought at King’s Mountain when he was sixteen. It’s one of the best firsthand accounts of the Revolution I’ve ever read.

    Michael Lynch

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