August 22, 2009 – BGS Meeting – Revolutionary War Battle of King’s Mountain

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (excluding Nov. & Dec.) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are encouraged to attend!

Next meeting: Saturday, August 22nd at 2 p.m. Refreshments at 1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Bill Clement

Program Topic: Revolutionary War Battle of King’s Mountain

Details: Contact us via email or BPL-Southern History Dept. at (205) 226-3665

Did you know that nearly half the men who fought at the Battle of King’s Mountain were Tennessee “Overmountain Men?” That the Battle of King’s Mountain is credited with having turned the tide of the Revolution? That without King’s Mountain, America might have had only ten colonies? That the battle was not Americans against the British, but Americans against Americans? That the American Whigs bested the American Tories in only one hour, took over 800 prisoners and then proceded to “lose” them? Or that hundreds of Whigs “deserted” right along with the hundreds of Tories they “lost?” The Battle of King’s Mountain is unique in America’s history: This battle—fought by 1,000 plus militiamen—without orders, formal military training, uniforms or provisions, and with no promise of pay—against the supposedly “superior forces” of noted English Col. Patrick Ferguson—is credited by most early historians with having changed the course of the Revolution in the South, and may have even insured that the original number of colonies in these United States of America would be thirteen, not ten.

Please join us as Bill Clement, a member and Director of the Birmingham Genealogical Society and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Birmingham Chapter, answers these questions and discusses this historic event!

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