(1738–1806) frontiersman and Revolutionary War militia officer, born in Prince William County, Virginia. As a militia captain in North Carolina, he campaigned ruthlessly against Loyalists and the Cherokee. Later, as colonel of the Wilkes County militia, he led a column of about 900 “overmountain men” in an utter defeat of Maj. Patrick Ferguson's force of about 125 British regulars and 1,000 Tories at Kings Mountain (1780).
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.