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

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Series: 12 DD (Volume 12)
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A few original manuscripts, 1770-1814, of Andrew and Jonathan Hampton, followed by Draper correspondence, 1845-1881. Papers of Andrew Hampton, a native of England, who settled in Virginia and North Carolina and was commander of Rutherford County (North Carolina) militia at King's Mountain, include his commissions as militia officer signed by North Carolina governors William Tryon (1770), Josiah Martin (1771), and Richard Caswell (1779, 1780); an appointment as sheriff of Rutherford County (1782) signed by Governor Alexander Martin; and a few letters. The Jonathan Hampton pieces pertain to his attempt in 1814 to prove that William Green had fought as a Tory captain at King's Mountain and could thus be disqualified for a seat in the North Carolina General Assembly.

Topics discussed in Draper's correspondence include the topography of Ferguson's camp near Little River, South Carolina; the battlegrounds of Blackstocks, Cedar Spring, Musgrove's Mill, Thicketty Fort, and Thompson's Peach Orchard, all in South Carolina; the origin of Thomas Sumter's sobriquet, the “Game Cock”; an anecdote about a devoted dog; and an account of the shooting on Roan Mountain of “the last elk in North Carolina.” Persons noted substantially in the letters are John Adair; Anthony Allaire, including a copy of his petition for British compensation as a Loyalist, and data on Allaire genealogy; Joseph and John Brown (d. 1780), Benjamin and Daniel Cutbirth, James Grant, William Green, Richard Henderson, Robert Henry, Joseph Hughes, Thomas McCollough, Charles Miles, Ambrose Mills, Richard Singleton, and the White brothers Isaac and Thomas. A group of letters from members of the Callaway family contains numerous references to Daniel Boone and the Callaways in North Carolina.