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Footsteps for Freedom

31 EpisodesProduced by David BiddixWebsite

A celebration of the backwoodsmen from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia who marched to Kings Mountain and defeated a Loyalist force, resulting in what Thomas Jefferson called the turning point int he American Revolution.

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Episode 31 - Battle of Kings Mountain Roundtable

October 27th, 2019


Join Jonathan Bennett, David Biddix, and Rhonda Gunter, three of the contributors to the Footsteps for Freedom podcast, as they hold a roundtable …

Episode 30 - In Conclusion

October 11th, 2019


As we conclude our series on the Battle of Kings Mountain, we thought we would take some time to note a couple of veterans of the battle that ended …

Episode 29 - Robert Sevier & The Walking Wounded

October 10th, 2019


Sometimes the dead are the lucky ones. The weapons each side in employed during the Battle of King’s Mountain inflicted grievous and dreadfully …

Episode 28 - The Aftermath

October 9th, 2019


The thick clouds of black powder smoke that obscured Kings Mountain's battlefield began to lift revealing a scene of horror. Dead and dying men littered the ground. The groans of the wounded were heard in every …

Episodes 26 & 27 - The Battle of Kings Mountain (combined)

October 7th, 2019


Night had fallen at the Cowpens on October 6th, but the camp of the Patriot army bustled with activity. Scouts had finally confirmed the location of British Major Patrick Ferguson’s army. It lay on King’s Mountain …

Episode 25 - The Cow Pens and Prelude to the Battle of Kings Mountain

October 4th, 2019


The morning of October 5, 1780 finds the Over Mountain Men breaking camp at Gilbert Town and preparing for their date with destiny. Officers and …

Episode 24 - Gilbert Town and The Broad River

October 3rd, 2019


During the time in camp, both Patriot and Tory forces had scouts looking for the enemy, but neither side had luck in locating the other. The rain had finally let up on October 3, 1780, and the combined army prepared to …

Episode 23 - South Mountain Pass and Trouble in the Ranks

October 2nd, 2019


October 1, 1780, a Sunday, the combined army of Patriot militia broke camp at Quaker Meadows. We have followed and discussed the militias of …

Episode 22 - Down the Blue Ridge to Quaker Meadows

October 1st, 2019


The Overmountain Men arose on September 29th, 1780 at Cathey’s Plantation just south of present-day Spruce Pine. They break camp and prepare for the next leg of their journey. Their leaders, William Campbell, Isaac …

Episode 21 - Grassy Creek, Gillespie Gap, and a Split of Forces

September 30th, 2019


The first crisis of the Overmountain Men’s march to Kings Mountain occurred on the morning of September 28th. As the men fell in for roll call, it …

Episode 20 - Down The Yellow Mountain Road

September 27th, 2019


September 27th dawned gray and cool along the Doe River. The Overmountain Men began preparations for what many consider to be the most strenuous part …

Episode 19 - To The Doe River and the Shelving Rock

September 26th, 2019


The first day of the march to Kings Mountain was fairly uneventful and surprisingly slow going considering the Overmountain Men only marched a little …

Episode 18 - Sycamore Shoals and the Start of the March

September 25th, 2019


Sycamore Shoals, also known as the Watauga Old Fields, had long been considered as a strategic location militarily. The land was relatively flat and cleared of trees and made for a perfect settlement location, plus the …

Episode 17 - Ferguson's Challenge and Battle Preparations Begin

September 24th, 2019


On September 10, 1780, Ferguson issued his fateful challenge to the Patriot forces in the region, calling for them to lay down their arms, or he …

Episode 16 - The Summer of 1780 Campaign - Part II

September 23rd, 2019


In the Summer of 1780, war raged in the backcountry of South Carolina. It was truly America’s first Civil War, as most men on both sides had never …

Episode 15 - The Summer of 1780 Campaign - Part I

September 20th, 2019


We begin our look at the Battle of Kings Mountain with a review of several battles and skirmishes that took place in the summer of 1780. This is the first of a two-part episode about these battles. Today we discuss the …

Episode 14 - Patrick Ferguson

September 19th, 2019


Today’s episode is about the one individual who would be considered the villain in our story, but it is more complicated than that. Major Patrick …

Episode 13 - John Sevier

September 18th, 2019


Probably more than any other, John Sevier is synonymous with the Battle of Kings Mountain. A flamboyant politician, solider, and statesman, Sevier …

Episode 12 - Jonathan Tipton

September 17th, 2019


The beauty of the virtually untouched wilderness that the Overmountain Men saw as they marched through the Toe River Valley on their way to King’s …

Episode 11 - William Campbell

September 16th, 2019


William Campbell and his forces from southwestern Virginia were considered to be tough, rugged mountaineers who were perfect soldiers for a battle …

Episode 10 - Quaker Meadows Joseph McDowell

September 13th, 2019


One of the more confusing aspects of American Revolutionary War History is how different individuals may have the same name and even fight in the …

Episode 9 - Benjamin Cleveland

September 12th, 2019


Benjamin Cleveland was one of the more colorful characters that fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain. He led forces organized in Wilkes County as …

Episode 8 - Joseph Dobson

September 11th, 2019


Today, we are discussing Joseph Dobson who, while not a leader of men at the Battle of Kings Mountain, had a significant role in the campaign and …

Episode 7 - Isaac Shelby

September 10th, 2019


We begin preparations for the Battle of Kings Mountain by presenting brief biographies of military leaders and significant local individuals over the next few episodes. Today, we begin with one of the main organizers of …

Episode 6 - Dragging Canoe

September 9th, 2019


The name Dragging Canoe struck fear in the hearts of early settlers in what was then Western North Carolina (now Eastern Tennessee). Considered by …

Episode 5 - The Cherokee Wars

September 6th, 2019


The threat of Native American attacks on the Southern Appalachian region's settlers was of great concern as the American Revolution began. Following …

Episode 4 - King George III

September 5th, 2019


While there were many individuals, groups, and policies that led to the American Revolution, the figurehead that many pin the strife to for starting …

Episode 3 - The Dangerous Frontier

September 4th, 2019


Life in the mountainous region of Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, and Southwestern Virginia was fraught with peril in the American …

Episode 2 - The Proclamation of 1763

September 3rd, 2019


Today, we explore the beginnings of the American Revolution by discussing King George III's Proclamation of 1763, one of the overlooked triggers that …

Episode 1 - Trouble Brews in the Back Country

September 2nd, 2019


The Revolutionary War in the American Colonies was just over 5 years old in 1780 and things weren’t going well for the British. With the loss at …


September 1st, 2019


The Mitchell County, North Carolina Historical Society presents the story of a ragtag group of backwoodsmen from North Carolina, South Carolina, …

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