King's Mountain

Baltis

Ad Honorem
Dec 2011
4,005
Texas
#1
233 years ago today the Overmountain Men attacked Patrick Ferguson and his Loyalists at King's Mountain. Feguson dead and a complete victory resulted. Just a couple of quick pictures. You guys know how I love the old images. :)







More Later. Just wanted to get things started.
 

jegates

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Dec 2010
4,421
OH to VA back to OH
#2
Thanks Baltis...

Inspired me to visit King's Mountain's (the city) official website and look up what they say about their history...

Below is a cut and paste...


A Rich History


Incorporated on February 11, 1874, Kings Mountain takes its name from the historical Revolutionary battle fought five miles south, thus bringing meaning to our motto "The Historical City." This battle was very important in early American history, being proclaimed "the turning point of the American Revolution” by Thomas Jefferson.

W.A. Mauney was the first citizen of Kings Mountain. He was the first man to establish a home, opened the first store, was the first postmaster, builder of the first cotton mill and pioneered in the banking business of that general section. W.A. Mauney also cut many paths and roads through the wilderness.

In 1870-72 the building of the Charlotte-Atlanta Airline Railway was the impetus for the founding of the City of Kings Mountain. Farmers had no vision of turning the land into town lots or industrial sites, but men of other parts of the county and adjacent areas saw the possibilities for development. Freno Dilling moved his sawmill from Cherryville to the site of the present Kings Mill on N. Piedmont Avenue in May, 1872. The first railroad track was laid in the fall of that same year. The Dilling sawmill supplied some of the cross ties and his well furnished water to the railroad engines.

Today Interstate 85 and US Highway (and future Interstate) 74 run through the City, making Kings Mountain ideally located for transportation needs of its many businesses. Kings Mountain industries were firmly based on textiles in the early years, but transportation, along with four established Industrial Parks have diversified the business climate. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is nearby, giving us a virtual lifeline to the World.

An indoor natatorium, The Gateway Trail and the Jake Early Sports Complex offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family.

Gardner Webb University is only a thirty minute drive and UNCC is forty five minutes away. Both schools are four year degree institutions offering excellent masters and doctorate programs.

The location and history not only makes Kings Mountain unique but also the City owns and operates the utilities of Gas, Electric, Water and Sewer, providing one-stop shopping convenience for those requiring our services. The City owns John Henry Moss Lake, which not only provides recreational activities, but also provides Kings Mountain’s water supply.

With the Kings Mountain National Military Park, and two state parks within a five minute drive from the center of town, we have the opportunity of enjoying nature as well as the history of our area. Over one million visitors pass through these parks each year.

We are blessed to live in a historic town where it is your choice to become active and healthy. The theme “Active, Healthy and Historic Kings Mountain” is both a challenge and a vision that we can achieve together!

LOCATION

Kings Mountain is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in an area known as the Piedmont of North Carolina. Ideally located between Greenville, S.C. and Charlotte, N.C., it is served by I-85 and U.S. Highways 74 and 29. GPS – Lat.: 35.241188N, Long.: 81.361402W.​
 

Baltis

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Dec 2011
4,005
Texas
#4
I don't think Jefferson is quite right when he says the turning point of the revolution but King's Mountain was certainly a turning point in the Southern Campaigns.
 
Jul 2012
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Here
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It's not far from Cowpens.
I know what the Cowpen was in colonial Georgia, but what is Cowpens in NC? I tried to look it up on the internet but for some reason the NPS websites are shutdown - is there something going on I don't know about? :lol:

Want to fill me in? After making 5 trips to western NC I still haven't learned all that is up there to see. (I'm kidding a bit, I found a blurb in Wiki on it as a Revolutionary War site, but if you know more about it than is in wiki, please spill...)
 
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Baltis

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Dec 2011
4,005
Texas
#7
To my knowledge, the battle grounds of King's Mountain and Cowpens are both in South Carolina. The town of King's Mountain must be over the line in North Carolina. On the other hand, I have not personally been there.
 
Apr 2013
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St. Augustine
#8
Both Cowpens National Battlefield and Kings Mountain National Military Park are in northwestern South Carolina and 36 miles apart. From eastern Florida both are best accessed via I-26.

Cowpens was one of the slickest little victories in American history, one in which the American leader, Dan Morgan, turned the fast moving tactical aggression of the British against them and pulled off a miniature Cannae.
 
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Jul 2012
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Here
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Both Cowpens National Battlefield and Kings Mountain National Military Park are in northwestern South Carolina and 36 miles apart. From eastern Florida both are best accessed via I-26.

Cowpens was one of the slickest little victories in American history, one in which the American leader, Dan Morgan, turned the fast moving tactical aggression of the British against them and pulled off a miniature Cannae.
Oh yeah, I see them now. I've been close to them on 26 a couple times and didn't know they were there. I'll get 'em next time
 
Mar 2011
1,872
Georgia USA
#10
They both (Cowpens & King's Mt) have nice little museums and films...
If you have time Ninety Six is about an hour south and is a bit nicer than either of the others and does regular reenactments
 

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