Table of Contents
CHAPTER I. 17813 to May, 1780.
Causes of the Revolution.
Alternate Successes and Disasters of the
Early Campaign of the War.
Siege and Reduction of Charleston.
CHAPTER II. May, 1780.
Further Incidents Connected with the Siege.
Tyranny of the British Leaders.
Subjugation of South Carolina.
CHAPTER III. 1741 to May, 1780.
Early Life of Patrick Ferguson.
Refrains from Shooting Washington.
Conducts Little Egg Harbor Expedition.
Nearly Killed by an Accidental Attack by his
Biggon Bridge and Monk's Corner Affair.
Resents Insults to Ladies.
Siege of Charleston.
CHAPTER IV. 1780-May-July.
Colonel Ferguson sent to the District of
Organizing the Local Militia.
Major Hanger's Account of the up-country
Inhabitants-his own bad reputation.
Ferguson's seductive promises to the people.
The Tory, David Fanning.
Ferguson's adaptation to his Mission
Mrs. Jane Thomas' Adventure.
Colonel Thomas repels a Tory assault at Cedar
Ferguson advances to Fair Forest.
Character of the Tories
Stories of their plunderings.
Colonels Clarke and Jones of Georgia-the
latter surprises a Tory Camp
Dunlap and Mills attack McDowell's Camp on
Captain Hampton's pursuit and defeat of the
CHAPTER V. 1780-July-August.
McDowell sends for the Over-Mountain Men.
Clarke joins him, and pushes on to Sumter's
Capture and Escape of Captain Patrick Moore.
Story of Jane McKunkin and Bill Haynesworth.
Shelby and the Mountaineers arrive at
Capture of Thicketty, Fort.
Expedition to Brown's Creek and Fair Forest
Fight at the Peach Orchard, near Cedar
Spring, and Woffords Iron Works, and its
Saye's Account of the Action.
Contradictory Statements concerning the
CHAPTER VI. 1780-August 18.
Musgrove's Mill Expedition and Battle.
Rencontre of the Patrol Parties.
Information of the Enemy's Reinforcement.
Whigs throw up Breast-works.
Captain Inman's Stratagem.
Enemy drawn into the Net prepared for them.
Inns and other British Leaders Wounded.
Tory Colonel Clary's Escape.
Captain Inman Killed.
The Retreat and the Rout.
Incidents at the Ford.
Sam Moore's Adventure.
The British and Tory Reserve.
A British Patrol Returns too late to share in
Burial of the Slain.
Length and Severity of the Action.
News of Gates' Defeat-its Influence.
Anecdote of Paul Hinson.
Comparison of Authorities.
CHAPTER VII. 1780-Summer and Autumn.
Incidents of the Up-country
Major Edward Musgrove.
Paddy Carr and Beaks Musgrove.
The Story of Mary Musgrove.
Samuel Clowney's adventure.
William Kennedy's Forays Against the Tories.
Joseph Hughes Escape.
William Sharp Bagging a British and Tory
Tories' Attack on Woods, and how dearly he
sold his life.
Plundering Sam Brown.
CHAPTER VIII. August, 1780-March, 1781.
Cornwallis' Hanging Propensities.
Sumter a thorn in his Lordship's side.
Dispersion of Whig Bands.
Ferguson's Success in Training the Loyal
Action of the Alarmed Tory Leaders.
Ferguson Moves into Tryon County.
Colonel Graham Repels a Party of Plunderers.
Ruse for Saving Whig Stock.
Mrs. Lytle and her Beaver Hat.
Engagement on Cane Creek, and Major Dunlap
Apprehension of Jonathan Hampton.
Sketch of Dunlap's Career and Death.
CHAPTER IX. July-October, 1780.
Gathering of the King's Mountain Clans.
Williams failure to get command of Sumter's
men-his tricky treatment of Sumter.
Ferguson sends a threat to the Over-Mountain
Shelby's patriotic efforts to turn the scales
Sevier, McDowell, Hampton and Campbell unite
in the Enterprise
Cleveland invited to join them.
Sevier's success in providing Supplies for
Rendezvous at the Sycamore Shoals.
Preparatins for the March.
Parson Doak commends the men to the
protection of the Good Father.
Their March over the mountains.
Joined by Cleveland and Winston.
Campbell chosen to the Chief Command.
McDowell's mission for a General Officer.
CHAPTER X. September-October, 1780.
Further gathering of the King's Mountain Men.
Williams' North Carolina Recruits.
Movements of Sumter's Force under Hill and
Troubles with Williams.
March to Flint Hill
The Mountaineers at their South Mountain Camp.
Patriotic Appeals of the Officers to their
Resum of Ferguson's Operations in the Upper
Alarming Intelligence of the Approach of the
Back Water Men.
Why Ferguson Tarried so long on the Frontiers.
British Scheme of Suppressing the Rebellion
by the Gallows.
Ferguson Flees from Gilbert Town.
Sends Mersengers for aid to Cornwallis and
Frenzied Appeal to the Tories.
Ferguson's Breakfast Stolen by Saucy Whigs
His Flight to Tale's Ferry.
Dispatch to Lord Cornwallis.
Takes Post on King's Mountain, and
Description of it.
Motives for Lingering there.
CHAPTER XI. October, 1780.
Uncertainty of Ferguson's Route of Retreat.
A small party of Georgians join the Mountain
Whig forces over-estimated.
Report of a patriot Spy from Ferguson's Comp.
Williams' attempt to Mislead the Mountaineers.
Lacey sets them Right.
The South Carolinians treatment of Williams.
Selecting the fittest Men at Green river to
Arrival at the Cowpens.
The Tory, Saunders-his ignorance of Ferguson,
his Beeves and his Corn.
Story of Kerr, the cripple Spy.
Gilmer, the cunning Scout, duping the Tories.
The Cowpens Council, further selection of
Pursuers, and their Number.
Night March to Cherokee Ford.
Straying of Campbells Men.
Groundless Fears of an Ambuscade.
Crossing of Broad river.
Faded Condition of Men and Horses.
Plan of attacking Ferguson.
Colonel Graham Retires.
Chronical assigned Command of the Lincoln Men.
Young Ponder Taken.
Pressing towards the enemy's Camp.
CHAPTER XII. King's Mountsiin Battle, October
Ferguson and his Men Resolve to Fight.
The Bayonet their Main Reliance.
Character of the Provincial Rangers.
Different Classes of Loyalists Described.
Trails of the Mountaineers.
The Holston Men, and Frontier Adventures.
Assignment of the Whig Corps to the Attack.
Campbell's Appeal to his Men.
Cleveland not the First to Commence the
Surprising the Enemy's Picket.
Shelby's Column Annoyed by the Enemy.
Campbell's Men Rush into the Fight
Attack on the British Main Guard.
The Virginians Advance up the Mountain.
March of Cleveland's Men.
Patriotic Speech of their Commander.
Drive in a Picket
Movements of Lacey's Men.
Campbell's Corps Driven before the Bayonet
Rally, and Renew the Contest
Shelby, too, Retired before the Charging
The Right and Left Wings take part in the
Captain Moses Shelby Wounded.
Ensign Campbell Dislodging Tories from their
Ternfic Character of the Conflict.
Amusing Incident of one of Lacey's Men.
Heroie Efforts of Campbell and his Corps.
Ensign Campbell's Good Conduct.
Captain Edmundson's Exploit and Death.
Lieutenant Reece Bowen's Disdain of Danger,
and his Lamented Fall.
Campbell's Active Efforts and Heroic Appeals.
Death of Major Chronicle.
The South Fork Boys Charged, and Several
Robert Henry Transfixed, and yet Survived all
William Twitty and Abram Forney.
Cleveland and his Men.
Lieutenant Samuel Johnson and other Wounded
Intrepidity of Charles Gordon and David
Singular Adventure of Charles Bowen and
CHAPTER XIII. The Battle-October 7th, 1780.
Further Progress and Incidents of the Contest.
Heroic Act of William Robertson.
Thomas Robertson Shoots a Tricky Tory.
Treatment of the Tory Branson, by Captain
Captain Lenoir's Part in the Battle.
Captain Robert Sevier Wounded.
Alarm concerning Tarleton.
Mistake caused by Campbell's Bald Faced Horse.
Campbell's Daring Reconnoiter.
Anecdote of Cleveland.
Colonel Williams' Patriotic Conduct
William Giles "Creased"
Revives, and Renews the Fight
Thomas Young's Relation of Colonel Williams'
Major Hammond's Desperate Charge, and
singular Premonition of one of his Men.
Cambell and Shelby Renewing the Attack.
Lieutenant-Colonel Hambridge Wounded.
Ferguson's Pride and Recklessness
Attempting to Escape, is Mortally Wounded.
Various Statements of Colonel Williams' Fall.
Furious Charge of Campbell's and Shelby's Men.
Several Corps driven down the Mountain.
British Over-Shoot the Whigs.
North Carolina Tories first to Weaken.
Colonel Graham's Unexpected Return.
Whigs slow to Recognize the White Flag.
Young Sevier's Shooting Paroxysm.
Efforts of Shelby and Campbell to Quell the
Firing of the Whigs.
Three Rousing Cheers for the Great Victory.
Colonel Williams' Shot-an Exciting Scene.
Conflicting Stories of his Fatal Charge.
British Officers Surrender their Swords.
Ferguson's Heroic Conduct in the Battle-his
He was Mortally Wounded, not Killed Out-Right.
Curiosity of the Whigs to View his Body.
Privations and Sufferings of the Mountaineers.
Strength of the Tories.
Absence of their Leaders.
Their Fighting Qualities.
Dismay of the Southern British Commanders.
Their Ignorance of the Over-Mountain Whig
Boone not on the Campaign.
Duration of the Battle.
Strength and Losses of the British and Tories.
Colonels John and Patrick Moore.
Number of Prisoners Taken.
Errors in Report of Losses.
Names of Whigs Killed and Wounded.
Death of Captain Sevier.
William Moore Wounded.
Remarkable Losses in Campbell's Regiment.
Captains Weir and Shannon Arrive.
Counting the Dead.
Caring for the Wounded.
Guarding the Prisoners.
Scarcity of Provisions.
King's Mountain Souvenirs.
Heart-Rending Scenes of the Battle Field.
The Night after the Action.
CHAPTER XIV. October, 1780.
Long Sam Abney Coerced into Ferguson's Army.
Death of Arthur Patterson.
Drury Mathis' Rough Experience.
A Tory Woman Finding her Slain Son.
Fatality of the Rlemen.
Preston Goforth and three Brothers Killed.
A Brother kills a Brother.
The Whig and Tory Logans.
William Logan Noticed.
Preparing to Retire.
Burning Captured Wagons.
Horse-Litters for the Wounded.
Gray's Kindness to a Wounded Tory.
A Termagant Prisoner Released.
Messengers sent to the Foot-Men.
Tories made to Carry Them.
Trophies of Victory.
A Whig Woman Refusing to Share in the Plunder.
Rumor of Tarleton's Approach.
Burial of the Whig and Tory Dead.
Treatment of Ferguson Considered.
Re-Interment of Remains.
March of the Army.
Death of Col. Williams.
Camp at Broad River.
Discovery of his Long-Forgotten Grave.
Six Tory Brothers Escape.
Notice of Colonel Walker.
Campbell Protecting the Prisoners.
Gray's Retort to a Tory Vixen.
Suffering for Food.
Feeding Prisoners on Corn and Pumpkins.
Billeting the Wounded.
March to Bickerstaffs Old Field.
CHAPTER XV. October-November, 1780.
Colonel Campbell Denounces Plundering.
Complaints Against Tory Leaders.
Their Outrages on the Whigs.
A Court Called to Consider the Matter.
Retaliation for British Executions Demanded.
A Law Found to Meet the Case.
Charges against Mills, Gilkey, and McFall.
Colonel Davenport Noticed.
Number of Tories
Tried and Condemned.
Case of James Crawford.
One of the Prisoners Released.
Cleveland Favoring Severe Measures.
Motives of the Patriots Vindicated.
Tories Executed-their names and Residence.
Paddy Carr's Remarks, and Notice of Him.
Baldwin's Singular Escape.
Further Executions Stopped.
Tories Subsequently Hung.
Rumor of Tarleton's Approach.
Whigs Hasten to the Catawba.
A Hard Day's March
Sufferings of Patriots and Prisoners.
Major McDowell's Kindness.
Mrs. McDowell's Treatment of British Officers.
Some of the Whig Troops Retire.
Disposition of the Wounded.
One Re-taken and Hung.
March to the Moravian Settlements.
Bob Powell's Challenge.
Official Account of the Beetle Prepared.
Campbell and Shelby Visit General Gates.
Cleveland Left in Command.
His Trial of Tories.
Escape of Green and Langum.
Cleveland Assaults Doctor Johnson.
Colonel Armstrong Succeeds to the Command.
Escape of British Officers.
CHAPTER XVI. October-December, 1780.
Disposition of King's Mountain Prisoners.
Proposition to Enlist Them.
Needed for Exchange.
Congress refers the Matter to the States
where the Prisoners Belong.
How They Dwindled Away.
Colonel Armstrong Blamed.
Remnant Confined at Salisbury.
DePeyster and Ryerson Paroled.
A Plucky Rand of Whigs Scare a Large Tory
Tarleton Frustrates Cornwallis' Design of
Intercepting Ferguson's Messengers.
Tarleton at Length in Motion.
Effect of King's Mountain Victory.
Ewin and Barry Alarm the Neutrals and they
Crowning of David Knox.
Cornwallis flees to South Carolina, with the
Imaginary Mountaineers in Pursuit.
A Tricky Guide Misleading the Retiring Troops.
Illness of Cornwallis.
Sickness and Fatality among the Troops.
Privations and Sufferings of the Retrograders.
Aid Rendered by the Tories.
Ninety Six Safe.
Cornwallis Threatens Retaliation for
Execution of King's Mountain Prisoners.
Gates and Randall on the Situation.
The Question Met by General Greene.
Cornwallis Drops the Matter.
Case of Adam Cusack.
The Widows and Orphans of Ninety Six District.
Good Words for King's Mountain Victory.
Gates Thanks the Victors.
Wishington Takes Courage.
Resolves of Congress.
Greene and Lee Commend the Mountaineers.
Lossing, Bancroft, and Irving on the Result.
The British Leaders Recognize the Disastrous
Effects of Ferguson's Miscarriage.
Gates and Jefferson's Encomiums.
King's Mountain Paves the Way for York-town
CHAPTER XVII. Gen. William Campbell.
His Scotch-Irish Ancestry.
His Father an Early Holston Explorer.
William Campbell's Birth and Education.
Settles on Holston.
A Caplan, on Dunmore's Campaign.
Raised a Company for the first Virginia
Regiment in 1775.
Return for the Defense of the Frontiers.
His Military Appointments.
Rencounter with and Hanging of the Bandit
Suppressing Tories up New River.
King' s Mountain Expedition-his Bravery
Public Thanks for his Services.
Marches to Long Island of Holston.
At Whitzell's Mills and Guilford.
Resigns from Ill-treatment.
Serves under La Fayette.
Death and Character.
Notices of his King's Mountain Officers.
CHAPTER XVIII. Cols. Shelby and Sevier, and
Notice of Evan Shelby.
Isaac Shelby's Life and Services.
Officers under him at King's Mountain
Evan Shelby, Jr.
George Maxwell, and George Rutledge.
John Sevier's Life and Services.
His King's Mountain Officers
Valentine and Robert Sevier
CHAPTER XIX. Col. Ben. Cleveland, Maj. Joseph
Winston and their Officers.
His Early Life and Hunting Adventures.
Trip to Kentucky.
Elk Hunt and Narrow Escapes.
Suppressing Scotch Tories.
Rutherford's Cherokee Campaign.
Marches to Watauga.
Serves in Georgia.
New River Scout.
Hangs Coyle and Brown.
Captured by Tories and his Rescue.
Riddle and Wells Hung.
Other Tory Brigands Taken
Nichols, Tate, and Harrison.
Thumbing the Notch.
Removes to Tugalo.
Great Size, Death, and Character.
Major Joseph Winston Noticed.
Micajah and Joel Lewis.
Robert and John Cleveland.
William Meredith, and Minor Smith.
John Brown and Samuel Johnson.
David and John Witherspoon.
Jo Herndon, Richard Allen, and Elisha
CHAPTER XX. Lacey and Other Whigs.-British and
Lacey, Hawthorne, Tate, and Moffett.
Williams, Hammond, Hayes, Dillard, Thompson,
Brandon, Steen, and Roebuck.
Maj. McDowell, Capt. McDowell, Kennedy,
Vance, and Wood.
Hampton, Singleton, Porter, Withrow, Miller,
Hambright, Graham, Chronicle, Dickson,
Johnston, White, Espey, Martin, and Mattocks.
British and Tory Leaders.
Allaire's Diary, and Other British Accounts.
Letters of Williams, Davidson. and Gates.
Gates' Thanks to the Victors.
Official Report of King's Mountain.
Shelby's and Campbell's Letters.
Washington's General Order.
Arthur Campbell and Unknown Writer's
Col. Campbells General Orders.
Thanks of Virginia Legislature.
Lee and Greene's Letters.
LaFayette on Campbells Death.
Robert Campbell, Shelby, Graham, Lenoir, and
Shelby and Sevier's Correspondence.
Synopsis of Rejoinders.
Various Certificates Vindicating Col.