After the Battle of Camden on August 16, 1780, American soldiers went to the people in the mountains for help. Most households obliged
When British general, Patrick Ferguson, heard of this, he threatened to murder and burn down the houses of all colonists who helped or harbored patriot soldiers.
When the people in the mountains read this, they immediately became very angry. Two important things to know about mountain people are that they are very capable of taking care of themselves and that they do not take kindly to people threatening them.
I am going to kill this man.
Honey, I'm going out! I'll be back when this guy's dead!
Many of the mountain men from SC, NC, TN, and VA grabbed their guns and headed down to find Patrick Ferguson and kill him.
On the way to find Ferguson, many of the mountain men met on the way and decided to go together. This kept happening until there were almost a thousand people headed to kill the British general.
Yup. Let's go.
After Patrick Ferguson heard the mountain militia were coming, he climbed with his loyalist militia atop a large hill that had trees on the side and a bald top. He declared this was his mountain and no one could ever make him leave it.