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By Liberty Mountain, May 23 2018 01:45AM

"Neighbor against neighbor, even brother against brother." The Battle of Kings Mountain is known as the largest all-American battle of the Revolutionary War, as both sides were mostly comprised of American settlers and their families. Maj. Ferguson's army mainly consisted of loyalist militiamen, while the Patriot forces were made up of largely untrained Overmountain settlers. Historians often estimate that between 15%-20% Americans remained loyal to the crown at the time of the Revolution, putting their number at around 400,000.


Why did they remain loyal to Great Britain? Many were older and resistant to change, others felt that disloyalty to the crown was morally wrong. Some did not believe America was strong enough to sustain itself as its own country. Still others were worried that the new Patriot government would not be able to control the territories, resulting in mob rule, while others remembered the brutal defeat of the Jacobites in Scotland some 40 years prior, which lead to massive casualties, executions, and confiscations of land. African American slaves were also promised freedom in the British Empire if they fought for the crown.


There was not a conflict that involved so many Americans fighting against each other until the Civil War more than 80 years later. Even after the end of the Revolutionary War, all wounds were not healed immediately. Anyone professing loyalty to the crown was not allowed to stay in the United States, so many either fled to the United Kingdom or kept their opinions to themselves. After the Battle of Kings Mountain, South Carolina loyalists were offered pardons if they joined the Patriot forces. After the war, some were required to pay a 10% fine on their property. Most, however, were pardoned and assimilated into the United States. It is estimated that 15% of British loyalists returned to the United Kingdom, or fled to Canada.



By Liberty Mountain, May 6 2018 03:49AM


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INDEPENDENT TRIBUNE

The Local Voice of Greater Cabarrus County

Photo By: Torrence Photography


Production is almost underway for Liberty Mountain - The Revolutionary Drama in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The play will run at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain.


Liberty Mountain tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain.


Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later.


Liberty Mountain features a company of more than 30 theatre artists in a fast-moving, action-packed drama. Playwright Robert Inman says, “The talented cast and crew bring our audience a production that is true to history, highly entertaining, and inspiring. Every American should know the story of Kings Mountain and the crucial role it played in granting us the freedoms we enjoy today.”



Director Caleb Sigmon has been guiding Liberty Mountain since its premier in 2014. He says, “We use the entire auditorium to bring the story to life. We immerse the audience in the action. It’s great entertainment for the entire family.” The play incorporates authentic weapons and costumes.


Information on Liberty Mountain is available on the production’s website: www.libertymountaindrama.com, including performance dates and times and online ticket ordering, and on the play’s Facebook page. Group ticket rates are available.





By Liberty Mountain, May 2 2018 01:22AM

We want to show you both sides of the conversation! During Liberty Mountain - The Revolutionary Drama, you'll be whisked away to the royal chambers of His Majesty, King George III (God Save the King!) as he deals with the rabble-rousing colonists of the Carolinas.


Did you know that he became known as "The Mad King" later in life? 8 years after the Battle of Kings Mountain, the King developed what doctors called an “acute mania,” and was known to have episodes of complete derangement, speaking nonsense of hours on end. Historians who have examined the King’s remains found a high concentration of arsenic in his hair, indicating arsenic poisoning from primitive medicines or cosmetics may have been to blame for the king’s legendary madness, but the actual cause remains a mystery.


Experience what happens as his patience (and game plan for victory) unravels right before your eyes in our immersive theatrical production opening on June 29th: Click here for tickets and to reserve your seat in the action.






By Liberty Mountain, Apr 18 2018 01:14AM

During the first act of Liberty Mountain, you meet Nancy Ward (Nanyehi or ᎾᏅᏰᎯ in Cherokee) who was known as Beloved Woman. She believed in peaceful coexistence with the white settlers and helped her people as a negotiator and an ambassador.


Nancy Ward’s cousin, Dragging Canoe (also featured in our production) wanted to ally with the British against the settlers. While the British supported Dragging Canoe’s war by supplying weapons, Nancy was warning American soldiers about the planned attacks, trying to prevent retaliations against her people. She even sent food in form of cattle to the starving North Carolina militia.


Eventually, the Beloved Woman negotiated a peace treaty between her people and the Americans. After the treaty the Americans were able to send troops to support George Washington’s army against the British General Cornwallis in the American Revolution.


She died in 1822, or possibly 1824, before the Cherokee were forced away from their remaining lands during the Trail of Tears.




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