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Kings Mountain

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Charles Cornwallis
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Revolutionary War


Definition: American victory on October 7, 1780 near the North Carolina-South Carolina border that destroyed one whole section of General Charles Cornwallis's army and forced him to retreat to South Carolina to wait for reinforcements. It also gave American General Nathanael Greene time to reorganize his forces. The result was what some historians call the turning point in the war in the south. The British had won handily at Charleston and Camden and had sewed up South Carolina. Several months later, Kings Mountain, coupled with the subsequent American victory at Cowpens, forced the British to concentrate on Virginia, where they were eventually trapped into surrender at Yorktown.

Related Resources:
The American Revolutionary War
This fun, illustrated article tells you all you need to know about this famous war, from an easy-to-understand point of view.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Details on the Battle
Find out more about this pivotal Southern battle.

The Revolutionary War: Causes and Major Battles
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