Battle of King's Mountain
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The Battle of King's Mountain
General Ferguson was the leader of the British troops.
The leaders of the Patriots were: Shelby, Campbell, McDowell, Sevier, Williams, Lacey, Cleveland, Hambright and Winston.
Patriot leaders and Colonels Charles McDowell, John Sevier, Isaac Shelby and William Campbell gathered together. They marched five days over the snow covered mountains. There, they were joined by more frontiersmen including those serving under Benjamin Cleveland and Joseph Winston. The troops marched toward Gilbert Town and Ferguson.
The Patriots were clever and tricked the Loyalists during the battle. The regiments commanded by Colonels Isaac Shelby and William Campbell marched toward Ferguson's men but were driven back twice by Loyalist fire. But as one regiment was driven back, another would advance. Ferguson had to shift his reserves from one place to another while continuing to take heavy losses from the concealed American sharpshooters in the trees.
Despite the call for surrender by the Loyalists, the Patriots could not immediately stop their men from shooting. Many Patriots remembered that the infamous Colonel Tarleton had mowed down Patriot troops at Waxhaw despite the fact that the troops were trying to surrender. Eventually, the fighting at Kings Mountain stopped.
Colonist victory over British halted Cornwallis' plan to invade North Carolina. It led to significant turn in the outcome of the war.
The battle of King's Mountain was the turning point of the war. After this battle, colonists started winning and eventually won the war.
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