About 2000 American frontiersmen from the backcountry of the Carolinas and Virginia, as well as from the present states of Kentucky and Tennessee, surrounded and defeated Major Patrick Ferguson and 1000 of his finest British soldiers. The significance of this American victory was best pointed out by Sir Henry Clinton, the British commander in ...Read MoreAbout 2000 American frontiersmen from the backcountry of the Carolinas and Virginia, as well as from the present states of Kentucky and Tennessee, surrounded and defeated Major Patrick Ferguson and 1000 of his finest British soldiers. The significance of this American victory was best pointed out by Sir Henry Clinton, the British commander in chief, who wrote that this battle "proved the first Link of a Chain of Evils that followed each other in regular Succession until they at last ended in the total Loss of America." Indeed, it is thought by some that the threat of pursuit by the fierce mountainmen may have hastened Cornwallis' retreat to Yorktown. Famous historian Lyman Draper amassed a mighty collection of materials in order to put this battle into context by examining the causes of the Revolution, discussing many incidents and skirmishes that preceded the Battle of King's Mountain, analyzing the personalities of the prominent leaders of both sides, and dissecting the motives, mistakes, and strategies of the very battle itself. After the battle, the dead and wounded had to be collected, the prisoners had to be fed and billeted, and the effects of the victory had to be assessed by both sides. Biographical sketches give interesting background on the careers of the military leaders of both sides involved in this battle. Many maps and plans of the action can be found throughout the book. The appendix includes diaries, personal accounts, letters, an official report, narratives, old ballads, and an original fullname + subject index. A battle history of unequalled merit.Read Less
Octavo, blue cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 612 pp. Lightly pencilled notes; otherwise, Fine. From Introduction: The Battle of King's Mountain which took place on October 7, 1780, was a bright ray of hope for the Americans who had felt the bitter sting of the British army for many months as they occupied South Carolina and Georgia. Atop King's Mountain in western South Carolina, just a few miles below the North Carolina state line, British Major Patrick Ferguson took refuge in a position which he considered to be so strong that all the Rebels from hell could not dislodge him. If he knew, he forgot that most of his opponents had grown up in the mountains of the Carolinas and in the Tennessee country. Calling them a set of mongrels, Ferguson expected to eliminate the commands of William Campbell, Isaac Shelby, and John Sevier. Subordinate units under the command of William Chronicle, Joseph Winston, Joseph McDowell, Benjamin Cleveland, Frederick Hambright, and James Williams might also fall victim to his superior force and better arms....
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Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. Limited edition of 1, 000. This copy not numbered. Facsimile reprint of 1881 Peter G. Thompson edition. Red leatherette cover, gilt lettering and decoration on cover and spine. Clean, tight, no marks on books or in text.
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