Tighten the Noose

Tighten the Noose (HMBGS)

Location: Blacksburg, SC 29702 York County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 8.622', W 81° 22.857'

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Fire as quick as you can, and stand your ground as long as you can. When you can do no better, get behind trees, or retreat; but I beg you not to run quite off. It we are repulsed, let us make a point of returning, and renewing the fight....
Benjamin Cleveland, North Carolina patriot leader

Colonel Cleveland's militia - Wilkes County, North Carolina
Colonel Winston's militia - Surrey County, North Carolina


The hard morning rain had stopped, leaving the fallen leaves on the forest floor here sodden. But wet leaves, as any squirrel hunter knows, soak up sound, even the footsteps of hundreds of patriots moving fast. The North Carolinians who fought here had the farthest to go to tighten a noose around the Tories. Leaving their horses a half mile away to your right, they had to slog over swampy ground to reach this slope. Arriving ten minutes late, they saw loyalist pickets ahead. Then the din of war-whoops and rifle shots broke out.

North Carolina sent more patriots to fight here than any other state. Although the over-mountain men from Virginia and Tennessee somehow gained greater fame for the Kings Mountain victory, the piedmont patriots out-numbered them two to one.
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Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 9:57am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 465298 N 3889045
Decimal Degrees35.14370000, -81.38095000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 8.622', W 81° 22.857'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 8' 37.32" N, 81° 22' 51.42" W
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Area Code(s)864, 803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1901-1999 Yorkville-Shelbyville Rd, Blacksburg SC 29702, US
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