The Battle took place on October 7th, 1780. A group mainly made up of Loyalists (the Tories) was pursued by the Patriots. The Tories stood in defense of a rocky ridge called King's Mountain. Following several Patriot charges, the Tories, refusing to surrender, charged down the ridge. The Patriots fired the charging Tories killing 157 men while only 28 Patriots lose their lives. This resulted in the Patriot victory.
By spending some time at the visitor center, visitors can watch a 26-minute film. Visitors may also adventure on the battle trail. The goal of the park is for visitors to learn the reason the battle took place and how the battles became the turning point in the Revolutionary War.
Every year, on October 7th-the day of the Battle of Kings Mountain-a ceremony takes place at the Monument. A program is also played in the theatre at the same time the battle began-at 3. Throughout the rest of the year, demonstration groups hold special shows to show what life and work would have been like during the 1700s.
The park is a great way to not only learn about history-but to imaginatively place yourself in the time period.
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The Battle of King's Mountain was unique for two specific reasons: the battle was one of few major battles of the Revolutionary War fought only between Americans and it was fought mostly with rifles.
Thomas Jefferson called this victory, The turn of the tide of success.