The 2020 Overmountain Men Celebration in Spruce Pine

Re-enactors from the Overmountain Men Victory Trail Association were at Riverside Park on Sunday, September 28 to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain. They shared information about the battle and the men behind it. Enjoy a video of their presentation below.

Map showing the route the Overmountain Men took to Kings MountainOctober 7, 1780 dawned on British Major Patrick Ferguson and his men atop Kings Mountain, a nondescript hill just inside the South Carolina line near Shelby, North Carolina. Ferguson’s forces had been marching eastward in rain for several days after he had them on raids into western North and South Carolina, attempting to quell increasing activity in opposition to King George III and British rule in the colonies. He found Kings Mountain and felt it was a defensible place for his army.  He placed them atop the mountain, declaring that “all the forces of Hell couldn’t knock me off that mountain.”

Early that afternoon, a group of men whom Ferguson had been threatening with fire and sword arrived at the mountain and began an attack, Just an hour later, they had routed the army, capturing many of them and killing their Ferguson.

Welcome to the Mitchell County Historical Society’s Overmountain Men resource page. You’ll find episodes of our podcast, Footsteps for Freedom: The Road to Kings Mountain, along with a collection of stories written by Society members. We also offer a variety of online resources about the battle and the men and women who fought it.

We hope you enjoy exploring the battle that Thomas Jefferson declared to be the turning point of the American Revolution.


Toe River Valley Revolutionary War Veterans

As mentioned in our final episode of the Footsteps for Freedom podcast, here is a list of Revolutionary War Veterans who either lived in the Toe River Valley or are buried here.

Do you have someone to add to the list or information on any of these men? Please contact us and share!


  • John Allen
  • David Baker
  • Richard Baker
  • John Biddix [Bitticks]
  • John Blalock
  • William Barjonah Braswell
  • Samuel Bright
  • George W. Byrd
  • Isaac Cook
  • Martin Davenport
  • William Davis
  • John Edwards
  • William Guthridge Garland
  • William Gragg
  • John Green
  • Benjamin Hensley
  • Henry Hensley
  • Hickman Hensley
  • Ananias Higgins
  • Adam Hoppes
  • Zephaniah Horton
  • James Jennings
  • Joseph Jones
  • William Jones
  • Martin Maney
  • Richard Matlock
  • Malcolm McCourry
  • Arthur McFalls
  • Redmon McMahon
  • Jonathan McPeters
  • William Melson
  • James Morgan
  • Blake Piercy
  • Thomas Reed
  • Robert Sevier
  • George Silver
  • Jonathan Tipton
  • Edward Waldrope
  • Moses Washburn
  • William Wiseman
  • Thomas Wiseman

The Podcast

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Overmountain Men Stories

Here is a collection of posts written by members of the Mitchell County Historical Society as part of our Looking Back series published weekly in the Mitchell News-Journal. These posts pertain to the Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain.

MCHS has a collection of posts from Looking Back that feature a variety of stories about Mitchell County people, places, and events. You can access these from our front page.


Our Earliest Highway: Bright’s Trace and the Yellow Mountain Road

Our Earliest Highway: Bright’s Trace and the Yellow Mountain Road

Most of us journey up US Highway 19E to Avery County not realizing we’re traveling over millions of hoofprints, footprints, wagon tracks, and finally automobile tracks that have preceded us by hundreds if not thousands of years. An ancient path across the mountains was created by migrating deer, elk, and buffalo years before the first European settlers would make their way into the region. The area where we live was not permanently inhabited by Native Americans, but used by the Cherokee and...

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