Sevier had not taken much interest in the American Revolution. Homesteading in
the Carolina mountains, Sevier was too busy fighting Indians and taming the
wilderness to worry much about a far-off war, but when an arrogant British
officer sends a message over the mountains, threatening to burn the settlers’ farms
and kill their families, the war becomes personal.
abrasive officer is British Army Major Patrick Ferguson, who is both charmingly
antagonistic and surprisingly endearing. The younger son of a Scottish earl,
Ferguson suffers constant misfortunes, making his dedication and courage count
for nothing. When he loses the use of his arm from an injury at Brandywine, his
commander sends him south, away from the war—which, in 1780, George Washington
and the Continental Army are losing. Ordered to recruit wealthy Southern
planters to the British cause, Ferguson courts disaster by provoking the
frontiersmen, and suddenly the far-off war is a sword’s length away. The British
aristocrat on a fine white horse is the antihero to Sevier’s American pioneer
spirit. Two Tory washerwomen, Virginia Sal—whose lucid voice lends humor and
mysticism to the pages—and Virginia Paul, a mysterious woman too
well-acquainted with death, portray the human side of the king’s army. With a
regiment of British regulars and local Tory volunteers, Ferguson believes he’s
an indomitable force.
by the Loyalists with invasion and the loss of their land, Sevier knows that
Ferguson has to be stopped. In response, Sevier and his loyal comrades—many of
whom would play key roles in later parts of American history—raise an unpaid
volunteer militia of more than a thousand men. Bringing their own guns, riding
their own horses, and wearing just their civilian clothes, the Overmountain Men
ally themselves with other states’ militias and march toward Charlotte in
search of Ferguson’s marauding army.
a hill straddling the North and South Carolina lines, in what Thomas Jefferson
later called “the turning point of the American Revolution,” the Overmountain
Men triumph, proving that the British forces can be stopped. Their victory at
King’s Mountain inspired the colonies to fight on, ending the war one year
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