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The Battle of Kings 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 Kings 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 Kings 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 Kings Mountain near the border between North and South Carolina.

The patriots approached the base of Kings 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, b. 1755 wounded in knee   Shelby
Anderson, Jacob       Campbell
Barker, Edmund        
Barker, Charles        
Barker, Edward        
Barker, Enoch        
Barker, Joel        
Barker, Henry        
Bartlett, William     Edmondson  
Bean, Edmund       Sevier
Bean, George       Sevier
Bean, Jesse   captain   Sevier
Bean, John       Sevier
Bean, Robert       Sevier
Bean, William   captain of the rifle company   Sevier
Beattie, John   killed   Campbell
Beeler, Jacob or Bealer   Pemberton Shelby
Beeler, Joseph       Shelby
Benoni, Benjamin   wounded   Campbell
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
Bowen, Rees (Reece)   killed   Campbell
Brashears, Samuel        
Brown, Jacob   Captain   Sevier
Browning, Enos       Campbell
Buchanan, Andrew        
Bullen, Philip (plaque says William) wounded   Campbell
Caldwell, Thomas       Campbell
Callahan, Joel   captain   Sevier
Campbell, William   colonel    
Carmack, Cornelius     James Shelby Christie
Carmack, John        
Carr, William b. 1755   Pemberton Shelby
Clark, Benjamin   captain   Sevier
Clark, George       Campbell
Cleveland, Benjamin   colonel    
Cowan, Andrew       Campbell
Cowan, William       Campbell
Cox, William   captain, wounded   Shelby
Crabtree, James   captain   Sevier
Crockett, John       Shelby
Crockett, Robert       Shelby
Crockett, William        
Cross, Elijah        
Curry, James   killed   Campbell
Dryden, Nathaniel   killed   Campbell
Duncan, Joseph        
Dysart, James   wounded   Campbell
Edmondson, Andrew or Edmiston, son of John ensign, killed Edmondson Campbell
Edmondson, John   private    
Edmondson, Robert, Jr.   lieutenant, wounded Edmondson Campbell
Edmondson, Robert, Sr.   captain, killed    
Edmondson, Samuel   private Beatie  
Edmondson, William   private    
Edmondson, William   captain, killed   Campbell
Edmondson, William   major   Campbell
Fain, John        
Fain, Nicholas        
Finley   captain   Sevier
Fisher, Frederick   wounded   Campbell
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        
Gist, Benjamin        
Gist, Richard   killed   Campbell
Green, Jesse        
Greer, Andrew, Sr.        
Hannah, Andrew     Mynor Smit Campbell
Hayter, Israel   wounded   Campbell
Hice, Leonard   wounded   Campbell
Hill, James   wounded   Campbell
Hinnegar, Henry   killed   Campbell
Hudson, John        
Hughes, David       Christie
Hughes, Francis       Sevier
Hughes, John        
Hughes, Peter       Campbell
Hughes, Robert        
Hughes, Thomas        
Humphreys, William        
Isbell, Francis son of James Isbell      
Isbell, Godfrey son of Henry Isbell     Sevier
Isbell, Livingston son of James Isbell      
Isbell, Pendleton son of Henry Isbell      
Isbell, Thomas son of James Isbell      
Isbell, William son of James Isbell      
Isbell, Zachariah, Jr.       Sevier
Isbell, Zachariah, Sr.       Sevier
Jones, John     Martin Sevier
Kennedy, Daniel        
Kilgore, Charles   wounded   Campbell
King, Henry        
King, James       Shelby
King, William b. 1752      
Laird, James   died of wounds   Campbell
Lane, Isaac b. 1760 major   Sevier
Lewis, John   colonel   Sevier
Livingston, John       Cleveland
Long, John       Shelby
Long, Richard        
Long, William        
Looney, Moses        
Looney, John        
Looney, Robert        
Lusk, Joseph   captain   Sevier
Maxwell, Thomas   captain   Sevier
McAdoo, John, Sr. b. 1757     Sevier
McCormack, William b. 1765   Pemberton Shelby
McCullough, Thomas   died of wounds   Campbell
McNabb, David   captain   Sevier
Moore, Alexander   captain   Sevier
Moore, William   wounded   Campbell
Morrell, John       Shelby
Nave, Teeter       Shelby
Newell, Samuel b. 1754 wounded   Campbell
North, George   captain   Sevier
Patterson, John   captain   Sevier
Pearce, James   captain   Sevier
Pearce, Joshua        
Pemberton, John b. 1742 captain    
Phillips, James   killed   Campbell
Pitts, Henry        
Pitts, Lewis        
Preston, Thomas   captain   Sevier
Rhea, John b. 1753      
Robertson, Charles   colonel   Sevier
Robertson, James        
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
Smithpeter, John Michael b. 1753     Sevier
Snodgrass, William b. 1760     Campbell
Stewart, William     Maxwell Shelby & Campbell
Stinson, James   captain   Sevier
Taylor, Christopher   captain   Sevier
Tipton, Jonathan   major   Sevier
Tipton, Joseph   captain    
Vance, Samuel        
Wallace, Thomas       Shelby
Walling/Wallen, William     Elliot Shelby
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
Young, Robert        


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

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