Lead: Fleeing aroused bands of Patriot backwater men from Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina in late 1780, Major Ferguson took refuge on King’s Mountain.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Patrick Ferguson commanded the left flank of General Charles Cornwallis’ army. After defeating Patriot forces at Camden and Waxhaws, Cornwallis was attempting to eradicate resistance to the British Army in the Piedmont and mountain of North and South Carolina. Having strayed too far west of the main army, Ferguson foolishly issued a public warning against the Backwater Men, fierce and devout Scot-Irish settlers in the river valleys of Eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. The Backwater immigrants raised 2000 men and began pursuing Ferguson and his regiment of 1100 Tories. Ferguson chose to make his stand on the summit of King’s Mountain, a rocky spur of the Blue Ridge in South Carolina not far from Charlotte. The mountain rises 150 feet above its surroundings. Its slopes were forested; it was sliced with ravines leading to a summit that in 1780 was nearly treeless.

 

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