An American Family History


Battle of King's Mountain


The Overmountain Men were from west of the Appalachians and were soldiers in the American Revolution. They are best known for their victory in the Battle of King's Mountain in 1780. They were called overmountain men because they lived west of, or over, the Appalachians.

The Battle of Kings Mountain was a decisive battle of the American Revoluton. It took place on October 7, 1780, nine miles south of the present-day town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist militia commanded by British Major Patrick Ferguson.

The Battle of King's Mountain was on October 7, 1780. Nine hundred patriots were led by militia Colonels William Campbell, John Sevier, Frederick Hambright, Joseph McDowell, Benjamin Cleveland, James Williams, John McKissack, and Isaac Shelby. Captains Joseph Winston and Edward Lacey commanded autonomous units. Shelby led men from what is now Sullivan County, Tennessee and Sevier led men from current day, Washington County. Campbell led men from Washington County, Virginia.

Major Patrick Ferguson commanded the loyalist militia of about 1,000 Americans.

Appalachian frontiersmen rallied at Sycamore Shoals and crossed the mountains to King's Mountain near the border between North and South Carolina.

The patriots approached the base of King's Mountain at dawn. Two parties, led by Sevier and Campbell, attacked the highest point. The other seven groups, led by Shelby, Williams, Lacey, Cleveland, Hambright, Winston and McDowell attacked the main Loyalist position.

Ferguson launched a bayonet charge against Campbell and Sevier's men. At first, the rebels retreated down the hill and into the woods, but Campbell rallied his troops and returned to the base of the hill and resumed firing.

Two more times, Ferguson launched bayonet attacks. During one of the charges, Williams was killed and McDowell wounded. But after each charge, the patriots returned to the base of the hill and resumed shooting.

Ferguson was killed and the loyalists surrendered.

The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.

Sullivan County is in far northeast corner of Tennessee between North Carolina and Virginia and was originally part of those states. It was formed in 1779 when it was divided from Washington County.

Washington County, Virginia was formed from Fincastle County in 1777. It originally contained Sullivan County, Tennessee.

name remarks captain colonel
Adair, John      
Adams, John      
Allen, Moses     Shelby
Allison, John or Alison, wounded in knee   Shelby
Anderson, Jacob     Campbell
Barker. Charles, Edmund, Edward, Enoch, Joel, and Henry      
Bartlett, William   Edmiston  
Bean, Edmund     Sevier
Bean, George     Sevier
Bean, Jesse captain   Sevier
Bean, John     Sevier
Bean, Robert     Sevier
Bean, William captain of the rifle company   Sevier
Beeler, Jacob     Shelby
Beeler, Joseph     Shelby
Berry, Andrew       
Berry, Bradley       
Berry, James       
Berry, Robert       
Berry, Thomas      
Blackburn, William killed   Campbell
Blair, John      
Bledsoe, Loving   Maxwell Shelby & Campbell
Blevins, Daniel      
Blevins, Henry   Elliot Shelby
Brown, Jacob Captain   Sevier
Browning, Enos     Campbell
Caldwell, Thomas     Campbell
Callahan, Joel captain   Sevier
Campbell, William colonel    
Carmack, Cornelius   James Shelby Christie
Carmack, John      
Carr, William     Shelby
Carr, William     Wallace
Clark, Benjamin captain   Sevier
Clark, George     Campbell
Cleveland, Benjamin colonel    
Cowan, Andrew and William     Campbell
Cox, William captain, wounded   Sevier
Crabtree, James captain   Sevier
Crockett, John      
Crockett, Robert     Shelby
Crockett, William      
Cross, Elijah      
Edmiston, Andrew ensign, killed   Campbell
Edmiston, John private    
Edmiston, Robert, Jr. lieutenant, wounded Edmiston  
Edmiston, Robert, Sr. captain, killed    
Edmiston, Samuel private Beatie  
Edmiston, William captain, killed   Campbell
Edmiston, William major   Campbell
Edmiston, William private    
Finley captain   Sevier
Fleenor, Charles      
Fleenor, Joel      
Fleenor, Michael got sick on the way and missed battle Colville  
Fulkerson Abraham     Campbell
Fulkerson John      
Fulkerson, James captain   Campbell
Gaines, James      
Hannah, Andrew   Mynor Smit Campbell
Hudson, John      
Hughes, David     Christie
Hughes, Francis     Sevier
Hughes, John      
Hughes, Peter     Campbell
Hughes, Robert      
Hughes, Thomas      
Humphreys, William      
Isbell, Francis      
Isbell, Godfrey     Sevier
Isbell, Livingston      
Isbell, Pendleton      
Isbell, Thomas      
Isbell, William      
Isbell, Zachariah, Jr.     Sevier
Isbell, Zachariah, Sr.     Sevier
Jones, John   Martin Sevier
King, James     Shelby
King, William      
Lane, Isaac major   Sevier
Lewis, John colonel   Sevier
Livingston, John     Cleveland
Long, John     Shelby
Lusk, Joseph captain   Sevier
McCormack, William   Pemberton Shelby
McNabb, David captain   Sevier
Moore, Alexander captain   Sevier
Morrell, John     Shelby
Nave, Teeter     Shelby
North, George captain   Sevier
Patterson, John captain   Sevier
Pearce, James captain   Sevier
Pearce, Joshua      
Pemberton, John captain    
Pitts, Henry      
Pitts, Lewis      
Rhea, John      
Robertson, Charles colonel   Sevier
Russell, George captain   Sevier
Sevier, John colonel   Sevier
Sevier, Robert captain, killed   Sevier
Sevier, Valentine, Jr. captain   Sevier
Sharp, Benjamin major   Sevier
Shelby, David      
Shelby, Evan      
Shelby, Isaac colonel    
Smith, Edward   Dysart Campbell
Smith, Zebulon   Webb Shelby
Stewart, William   Maxwell Shelby & Campbell
Stinson, James captain   Sevier
Taylor, Christopher captain   Sevier
Thomas Preston captain   Sevier
Tipton, Jonathan major   Sevier
Tipton, Joseph captain    
Wallace, Thomas     Shelby
Walling/Wallen, William      
Walton, Jesse major   Sevier
Waring captain   Sevier
Wear, Samuel captain   Sevier
Weaver, Frederick   Pemberton Shelby
Webb, Benjamin   Webb Shelby
Webb, David      
Webb, George   Webb Shelby
Webb, Jonathan     Shelby
Webb, Moses     Shelby
Whitson, James      
Williams, , Samuel captain   Sevier
Wilson, James captain   Sevier


Washington County, Tennessee,was established in 1777 as Washington County, North Carolina. From 1784 to 1788,it was part of the State of Franklin.

Teter Nave









Colonial Maryland
Colonial New England
Colonial Virginia & West Virginia
Quakers & Mennonites
New Jersey Baptists
German Lutherans
Watagua Settlement
Pennsylvania Pioneers
Midwest Pioneers
Jewish Immigrants

©Roberta Tuller 2019
An American Family History is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program,
an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.