Kings Mountain, Battle of, October 7, 1780, an engagement in South Carolina fought between American patriots and Loyalists during the Revolutionary War. It was the turning point of the war in the South. Almost all of the 1,100 Loyalists were killed, wounded, or captured by the sharpshooting American frontiersmen, who fought Indian-style, firing from behind rocks and trees. The patriots were led by Colonels Isaac Shelby and John Sevler, and the Loyalists by Major Patrick Ferguson. The patriots' decisive victory delayed a British advance into North Carolina and raised their morale at a time when they were losing public support in the South.
In 1931 the battlefield site was made a national military park.