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 him 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 WTOE/WKYK radio broadcast and podcast, Footsteps for Freedom: The Road to Kings Mountain, along with a collection of stories written by Society members for the Mitchell News-journal. 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.


The Podcast

Join us Monday-Friday at 8:15 a.m. on WTOE and WKYK radio for Steps for Freedom: The Road to Kings Mountain. The five minute program takes you on the journey from Sycamore Shoals, near Elizabethton, Tennessee to the climactic battle atop Kings Mountain, beginning September 2.

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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.


John Sevier’s Mitchell County Connections

John Sevier’s Mitchell County Connections

Heralded hero of the Battle of Kings Mountain and first governor of the new state of Tennessee (elected 5 additional times), John Sevier has several connections to Mitchell County. John’s grandfather was Valentine “The Huguenot” Sevier, born 1678 in Paris, France, but...


Painting of the Battle of Kings Mountain by Yohn

Painting of the Battle of Kings Mountain by Yohn

Here is a collection of online resources about the Overmountain Men, the Battle of Kings Mountain, and the American Revolution. The links open in a new window.

Have a suggestion to add to our list? Please contact us with you ideas and links.

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