It’s a rare thing to be able to see a face from a Revolutionary War battle, so I think this photo is pretty darn cool. William Beattie was one of Campbell’s Virginians, the contingent that marched the farthest to fight at King’s Mountain.
Note that two of Beattie’s brothers were also in the battle and that one of them lost his life. If you peruse rosters of King’s Mountain veterans you’ll find quite a few instances of close relatives serving in the same units. (John Sevier lost one of the brothers who fought under him due to a mortal wound in the kidney.)
For more faces from the Revolution, check out Maureen Taylor’s The Last Muster.