Charlestown and an American Army of over 5,000 men had fallen.
Tarleton had killed men who tried to surrender at the Waxhaws.
Gates was defeated at Camden and led the retreat.
British with cannon and Indians had taken Ruddle’s Station and Martin’s station in Kentucky.
Major Patrick Ferguson promised to attack the “overmountain” settlements “with fire and sword.”
John Sevier and Isaac Shelby decided to attack Ferguson first. They met at King’s Mountain.