Draper Manuscripts: King's Mountain Papers, 1756-1887

Container Title
Draper Mss DD
Series: 1 DD (Volume 1)
Scope and Content Note

Papers about Samuel Hammond (1757-1842), who gathered the militia of Rowan County, North Carolina, for the King's Mountain battle, and who was an active officer throughout the Revolution. As a youth he had run away from school to serve in Dunmore's War. During the early years of the Revolution he took part in numerous southern campaigns and engagements: the Cherokee expedition, the battle of Long Bridge near Norfolk, Virginia, and the siege of Savannah, Georgia. After the fall of Charleston he raised a band of Carolina patriots for service in the West and saw action at Musgrove's Mills, Blackstocks, Cowpens, Cedar Spring, and Eutaw Springs as well as King's Mountain.

Composing the bulk of this volume are Draper's copies of a long series of articles which Hammond's son, Abner Lewis Hammond, prepared from his father's military papers and recollections for publication in the Courier (Charleston, South Carolina) in 1858-1860. There are also copies of Samuel Hammond's pension papers; an extensive genealogy (1856) of the Hammond family by James H.R. Washington, husband of Hammond's daughter Mary Ann Magdalen Hammond; and Draper's interview notes and correspondence, 1854, 1870-1881, with Hammond's descendants. Although Samuel Hammond had a distinguished postwar career in business and public life in Georgia, Missouri, and South Carolina, Draper was concerned only with his Revolutionary service.