Greetings from Kings Mountain National Military Park

The Carolina Orienteering Klubb recently re-mapped the historic park using LIDAR satellite data and painstaking on-the-ground plotting of features. The new map results in Kings Mountain National Military Park being one of the most accurately mapped locations in the NPS. Orienteering helps bring visitors to the park for outdoor recreation and education about this venerable area important to the American Revolution. Orienteering is a “leave no trace”, very low impact sport and the Charlotte-based club appreciates the kind cooperation of the park’s staff to bring unique outdoor events to Kings Mountain.

Sincerely,
James

Kings Mountain National Military Park

The Battle of Kings Mountain took place on October 7, 1780 and is often referred to as the turning point of the American Revolution. Victory at this battle raised Patriot morale and inspired the Americans to continue the struggle against the British, even after suffering disheartening defeats earlier that year. The fighting lasted only an hour but forced General Charles Cornwallis, the British commander in charge of the Southern Campaign of the war, to retreat and hold a defensive position. This allowed Patriot forces to reorganize and develop a new offensive, leading to a decisive win at the Battle of Cowpens in 1781, and, eventually, the final triumph of General George Washington’s forces over Cornwallis at Yorktown in October of that year. Kings Mountain National Military Park honors the men who died fighting for America's independence.

State(s): South Carolina

Established: 1931

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