- Apr 22, 2020
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Which is why the encounter at King's Mountain with the "Overmountain Men" was such a shock to the British troops.We need to keep in mind who these guys were. These were well settled area farmers. This wasn’t the frontier. Deer and Turkey were gone. These boys worked the farm and then worked some more. A night at the tavern or a game of kick on Sunday was their ‘time off games’
If they got a chance to hunt it was small game. Bird hunting or rabbits.
They were not ‘gun nuts’. Any gun they had was 1) home protection
2) Militia muster
3) bunny popping, or passenger pidgin
This area was ‘the Shire’ from lord of the rings.
Crime was almost nonexistent, indian or French threat was long passed.
Shooting sports was just a very minor part of their lives, guns were way down on list of needs.
These men were more of the stereotype of American Revolutionary War soldier that is portrayed in film and novel.
Rifle armed hunters and fighters whose skill had been distilled for years out in the wilds of the Carolinas and places further south. Even some brave souls who had travelled and hunted in Kentucky and Ohio.