Would like to share something that I realized when I visited the Kings Mountain Battleground several years ago that comes to mind again as the 4th approaches. Maybe something many would not think of or understand about the events of the Battle that is a proud reflection on Colonel Hambright and the others who fought for the Patriot cause. What I saw comes from one of millions who served as an Army Infantryman. What I saw and realized at the Battle Mount hit me like a ton of bricks. Something you have to see to understand.
The spot where Colonel Hambright was severely wounded is on the upper slope near the top of the Battle Mount. He was mounted at the time, leading his South Fork Boys up the steep slope after Major Chronicle was mortally wounded at the bottom. History shows that Colonel Hambright never hesitated in taking command when Major Chronicle was killed. Colonel Hambright's men had the advantage of being on foot and using trees for cover. My point is that Colonel Hambright was a much easier target for Ferguson's men because he was higher off the ground. What I am saying is that Colonel Hambright knew full well that he was an easy target, yet he never hesitated in his responsibility and he knew full well what risk he was taking.
One historical account: "In this conflict Colonel Hambright was severely wounded by a large rifle ball passing through the fleshy part of the thigh. It was soon discovered by the soldiers near him that he was wounded and bleeding profusely. Samuel Moore, of York county, South Carolina, requested him to be taken from his horse; he refused by saying, 'he knew he was wounded but was not sick or faint from the loss of blood-said he could still ride very well, and therefore deemed it his duty to fight on till the battle was over.' And most nobly did he remain in his place, encouraging his men by his persistent bravery and heroic example until signal victory crowned the American arms."
Even the ranking officer in Britain in charge of the British and loyalist forces on this side of the pond later stated that the war was lost in the southern states; and that the loss at the Battle of Kings Mountain was the beginning of the end.
My respect and gratitude for Colonel Hambright and the others, then and since, knows no limits.
Colonel Hambright was one heck of a man. We have much to be proud and thankful for.
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