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

Container Title
Series: 7 DD (Volume 7)
Scope and Content Note

Draper correspondence, mainly 1880-1881, with a few pieces of earlier date. Many letters pertain to Joseph McDowell of Quaker Meadows and his brothers, Charles and William, to Joseph McDowell of Pleasant Gardens, and to genealogy of the McDowell family-material similar but in addition to what was gathered on the McDowells in 4 DD. Also in 7 DD are notes on Patrick Ferguson's route to King's Mountain and to his headquarters at Gilbert Town, South Carolina. Draper had little success in his continued attempt to obtain information about Ferguson's mistress, yet an unusually large number of anecdotes about women appear in this volume: Margaret O'Neal McDowell defying the Tories verbally; Mrs. John McDowell (formerly Mrs. Annie Edmundson) molding bullets and carrying them in her apron to her husband on the battlefield; and young Susan Twitty daring gunfire to snatch a gun from a dead Tory.

References to many other persons on both sides of the conflict are scattered through the correspondence. Among those about whom there is significant material are John Baldridge; Aaron and Benjamin Biggerstaff; James Chitwood; David Dickey; Robert Gilkey; William Graham; James Gray; William Green; Frederick Hambright; Andrew Hampton; Joseph Hardin; William Long; Charles Miles; David, James, and John Miller; William Porter; John Smart; William Twitty, brother of Susan; and Patrick and William Watson. An engraving of Gilbert Town given Draper by J.A. Forney was reproduced in King's Mountain and Its Heroes.