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Kings Mountain herald. (Kings Mountain, N.C.) 1979-current, October 07, 1980, Image 15

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VP Rockefeller Substituted For Ford At 1975 Event • ^ The 195th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Kings Mountain remains fresh in the minds of most people who par ticipated in it. But, someone picking up a stored-away commemorative program a hundred years from now will think the President of the United States was in atten dance. President Gerald R. Ford ac cepted an invitation to speak at ceremonies at John Gamble Stadium. Before he backed out just a few days before October 7, the city published the com memorative program. There, on the front cover, is a picture of the President. On page three is a telegram from the President, praising all the par ticipants of the celebration. And, on the day’s agenda, printed on page eight, were all the activities, in this order: •The President’s arrival in Charlotte. •Presidential Motorcade from Charlotte to Kings Mountain. • Presidential Parade. •Presidential review. •Presidential address. • President’s departure. The Presidential limousine was listed fifth in the parade lineup. But, of course. President Ford, after the program had been printed and too late to prepare a new one, changed his mind about coming to Kings Mountain. Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller substituted for him and spoke to over 10,000 people at John Gamble Stadium. In stead of arriving at Charlotte and riding in a motorcade to Kings Mountain, Rockefeller landed by helicopter at a field ad jacent to the stadium. He viewed the parade from the speaker’s platform. His speech was as inspiring, and his presence as exciting, as it would have been had Ford ap peared. And Rocky didn’t even get his name in the program. By RITA FALLS (A Kinsman) In 1780 Arthur Patterson was an elderly Irishman who owned a large farm south of what is now the city of Kings Mountain. He had three boys, Thomas, William and Arthur, Jr. Ar thur, Jr. was a boy of 14 when the Battle of Kings Mountain was fought. He and his broth ers and James Lindsey, a neighbor boy, were on Kings Creek hunting their father’s cows the morning prior to the battle when some of Fergu son’s foragers came upon them and figuring they might tell their location, arrested the boys and carried them to their camp. The boys were tied to trees, but when the battle began they all managed to free them selves. 'niomas, who was 25, snatched up a rifle that had fallen from some wounded soldiers’ hands and began filing at the enemy. William, 20, also joined in the battle and the N. C. Historical Society has placed a tombstone at his grave. Arthur, Jr., bound tighter than the others, was unable to fight but was able to get loose from the trees. With his feet and hands tied, he rolled down the mountainside and thus got into our lines. When the boys failed to re turn home, their father, Ar thur Patterson, Sr. searched for them and when he was near enough to hear the report of the guns, he discovered what was taking place. He went immediately to the place where the battle was raging and entered into it with all his might. His Irish blood took over and he fought until he died. His body was buried on the western slope of the moun tain and a small stone marked the grave. The stone marker was destroyed befn-e better one could befound and now the burial place is not known. 'nie old Arthur Patterson Plantation is still in the hands of the Beverly Patterson family, a great grandson. It is just a few miles south of town. The Battlefield was visited by those who lived near for several weeks after the ar mies had passed oa Many souvenirs were picked up but most of them have been de stroyed. Arthur Patterson, Jr. piciwd up a nice string of beads which had been taken from the neck of a woman in Ferguson’s camp One of the first to fall, the woman was thrown upon a brush pile and young Patterson found her body. The beads were handed down in the E. A. Patterson family and used in the Cele bration of 1880. Thomas Patterson was born in 1755. He died at age 58 in 1803, No. 13 in the battle. Arthur Patterson, Jr. was born in 1767. His wife was Ellender. They had at least two sons, Rufus and Arm strong,-- and a book tells of dau^ters. The Pattersons are buried in the old Shiloh grave yard in Grover where num bers of the other heroes of the battle are sleeping. The old church was sold to a Negro congregation many years ago and the Negro Presbyterian Church now occupies the spot where the old church stood and where the early heroes worshipped. At that time the church was called Calvary but later named Shiloh. No fence encloses the resting place and few stones mark the graves of the bravest men the earth has ever produced THE HANGING A few days after the battle was over a group of boys, Arthur, Jr., William and PARKDALE MILLS, INC. I • Plant No, 5 Kings Mountain, North Carolina •i ^ „78n 20011} Anniucr 1^ lattU !unf ■ 11 • # Thomas Patterson, and some friends were walking over the battlefield when they came upon a wounded member of Ferguson's Army. The boys were attempting to capture him when he got his hands on a gun a nd fired. No one was hit. They grabbed him, hiaig him to a tree and left him to die. The body remained there until it decayed and fell to 0ie ground. For many years the rope could be seen stUl barg ing in the tree CATTLE STEALING Around Kings Mountain some were still loyal to 0ie British and didn't want free dom. This resulted in neigh bors, friends and even some families fighting against each other. Some stole cattle and food from their neighbors to help feed Maj. Patrick Fergu son's army. It is still possible Arthur Patterson's cows his sons were looking for the day of the battle had been given to Ferguson or been pick^ up by his scouts for food. The Turning Point Cont. from page 2B Foilowing it, Cornwallis was compelled to abandon North Carolina and for a time to assume the defensive. It put an end to the possibility of an even tual peace with England under such terms as might have resulted in the retention of the southern provinces under British rule. It is an exemplification of American t^perations for self- government and a display of romantic hardihood and bravery well worthy of the careful study of American youth.” Photo Cou rtesy Of Philip Baker Central School In 1911 We are proud to be part of the historical community of Kings Mountain

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