Ben Hollingsworth and myself took right up the side of the mountain, and fought our way from tree to tree, up to the summit. I recollect I stood behind one tree and fired until the bark was nearly all knocked off, and my eyes pretty well filled with it. One fellow shaved me pretty close, for his bullet took a piece out of my gun stock. Before I was aware of it, I found myself apparently between my own regiment and the enemy, as I judged by seeing the paper the Whigs wore in their hats and the pine twigs the Tories wore in theirs....
Thomas Young, 16 years old, South Carolina patriot
Colonel Williams' militia - Ninety-Six District, South Carolina
Colonel Lacey and Hill's militia - York District, South Carolina
Over 400 South Carolina patriots had joined the march to Kings Mountain at the Cowpens, one day before the fight. In the summer of 1780, some of the bitterest fighting of the Revolution had raged around these men's homes and farms.