Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Kings Mountain Little Theater Presents a Play About the Battle of Kings Mountain June 26 through July 28th

The Kings Mountain Little Theater has produced a play regarding the Battle of Kings Mountain called Liberty Mountain, written by Bob Inman, retired WBTV broadcaster whose ancestor, Col. Williams, died after the battle ended.

I request the NCSDAR to help promote this play scheduled for additional performances this June, July, and again in October.  Join the Colonel Frederick Hambright Chapter, NSDAR, in supporting this docudrama produced by the KM Little Theater, City of Kings Mountain, Kings Mountain Historical Museum, and countless other civic groups to share the story beyond our community.

Many of our own NC Daughters don’t know the significance this little battle had in the Revolution and upon the very course of American History itself.  We would love to have them visit Kings Mountain to get the full story.  It would make a wonderful summer trip or any chapter.

Here’s a link to the promotional video on YouTube. I saw the play last summer; it was very well done. The video shows the professional emphasis placed upon this production. As DAR members, we all need to promote local efforts to preserve our history.  If we don’t, the significance of our ancestor’s sacrifices will be lost forever.

Performance Dates:

June 26 and 27, and July 3, 10, 11, 17,and 18 at 7:30 PM
June 27 and 28, and July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 3:00 PM

WTVI produced a short video describing the play and the significance locally, across the state, and to our nation. An interview with Bob Inman helps explain the significance of this battle in context to the entire Revolutionary Way.


Brief Historical Background

Liberty Mountain: A Revolutionary Play
 1780. The American Revolution has dragged on for five wearying years, and is now at a stalemate. There have been victories and defeats on both sides in the New England colonies – Bunker Hill, Saratoga, Lexington, Concord, Trenton, Monmouth. But victory eludes the combatants. The British under General Clinton firmly hold New York, but little else. George Washington’s Continentals are unable to force a decisive battle.

The new British strategy: invade South Carolina. Capture Charleston and drive north, establishing strongholds, attracting what’s expected to be an outpouring of loyalist sentiment and arms. Once South Carolina is subdued, continue into North Carolina, then to Virginia. Trap George Washington’s army between the British forces moving north and those coming out of New York in a decisive battle that will end the revolution.

It almost worked, and would have except for Kings Mountain – a story being re-told 234 years after the fact in a new stage drama.

Contact Loretta Cozart for additional information about purchasing tickets. Buy your tickets right away since last year's show sold out months in advance.

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