The Revolutionary War Battle of King’s Mountain and it’s Heroes

The Revolutionary War Battle of King’s Mountain and it’s Heroes – Genealogy Pointers –   August 11, 2015
The Revolutionary War Battle of King’s Mountain, fought on October 7, 1780, is noteworthy from a number of standpoints. First, King’s Mountain is situated in not one but two states–North and South Carolina. With the exception of the British commander, Colonel Patrick Ferguson, all of the participants were Americans. The core of the Patriot army was composed of Overmountain Men, who are associated with the future state of Tennessee (then part of North Carolina). The rest of the force consisted of Americans from Virginia, other places in the Carolinas, and Georgia. Every member of the force commanded by Col. Ferguson was an American Loyalist. The first major Patriot victory in the southern theater of the Revolution, King’s Mountain resulted in the death or capture of about a thousand British forces, thereby decimating the left wing of the British Army in the South, commanded by Lord Cornwallis. It is also credited with setting in motion a series of American victories that ultimately resulted in Cornwallis’s surrender at Yorktown a year later.

The Battle of King’s Mountain is today an important part of Revolutionary War history and genealogy. An estimated 500,000 tourists visit the battlefield every year. A number of the battle’s participants would become civilian leaders of the young nation. For example, Colonels John Sevier and Isaac Shelby would go on to become governors of their native Tennessee and Kentucky, respectively. Towns and roads in Western North Carolina are today named after other heroes of the conflict such as Charles McDowell (McDowell County) and Morganton, county seat of Burke County, named after Daniel Morgan.

For genealogists, having an ancestor who fought at King’s Mountain can establish membership in the Sons or Daughters of the American Revolution. More generally, it can help in connecting lines to the 18th century and beyond. Researchers interested in King’s Mountain ancestors will find three respected references at

King’s Mountain and Its Heroes
A classic work by the eminent historian Lyman Draper, it is based on material gathered over a 40-year period from survivors of the engagement, their descendants, contemporary narratives, and original documents. It contains extensive sketches, notices, and biographies of the leading figures, including considerable genealogical data.

The King’s Mountain Men
This is an important work on the men who participated in the battle of King’s Mountain, drawn from contemporary records of Southwest Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Tennessee, with letters, documents, and additional material taken from the Lyman Draper Collection. Section Two is composed of biographical sketches of the soldiers, numbering close to 1,000 and arranged in alphabetical order.

Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution
The most complete military roster for the state, this monumental work contains the names of approximately 36,000 soldiers from North Carolina who served during the Revolution. Service records include such information as rank, company, date of enlistment or commission, period of service, combat experience, and whether captured, wounded, or killed.

If you are searching for ancestors who served in other theaters of the Revolutionary War, please access the following link to see a complete list of books and CD-ROM publications on the war.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s