LT Robert Edmondson

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Death 10 Oct 1780 (aged 39–40)
Burial Blacksburg, Cherokee County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 154759507 · View Source
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On October 7, 1780 the foundation that would forever change the world was established. Fewer than one thousand American Heroes, through skill, luck, and the leadership of cunning strategists, defeated Patrick Ferguson, a brilliant star of the British military might. Robert Edmondson was one of those Heroes: he fought and died in that battle.

There were seven members of the Edmondson family who fought under Col. (later Brigadier General) William Campbell at the Battle of King's Mountain. (Note: the name was also spelled Edmiston.)

Captain Andrew Edmondson, killed in action
Lt. Robert Edmondson
Lt. Robert Edmondson
Samuel Edmondson
William Edmondson
Major William Edmondson
Captain William Edmondson, killed in action

Colonel Campbell described it best:

Col. William Campbell to Col. Arthur Campbell
WILKES COUNTY, CAMP ON BRIER CREEK,
Oct. 20th, 1780.

Dear Sir:

Ferguson and his party are no more in circumstances to injure the citizens of America. We came up with him in Craven County, South Carolina,1 posted on a height, called King's Mountain, about twelve miles north of the Cherokee Ford of Broad river, about two o'clock in the evening of the 7th inst. [October 7], we having marched the whole night before.

Col. Shelby's regiment and mine began the attack, and sustained the whole fire of the enemy for about ten minutes, while the other troops were forming around the height upon which the enemy were posted. The firing then became general, and as heavy as you can conceive for the number of men. The advantageous situation of the enemy, being the top of a steep ridge, obliged us to expose ourselves exceedingly; and the dislodging of them was almost equal to driving men from strong breast-works; though in the end we gained the point of the ridge, where my regiment fought, and drove them along the summit of it nearly to the other end, where Col. Cleveland and his countrymen were. They were driven into a huddle, and the greatest confusion; the flag for a surrender was immediately hoisted, and as soon as our troops could be notified of it, the firing ceased, and the survivors surrendered themselves prisoners at discretion.

We fought an hour and five minutes, in which time two hundred and twenty-five of the enemy were killed, and one hundred and thirty wounded; the rest, making about seven hundred regulars and Tories, were taken prisoners. Ferguson was killed near the close of the action. The victory was complete to a wish; and I think it was won by about seven hundred men, who fought bravely. I have lost several of my brave friends, whose death I much lament. . . . My regiment has suffered more than any other in the action. Our loss in the field was, altogether, about thirty killed, and sixty wounded. I must proceed on with the prisoners until I can in some way dispose of them.
Source:

Lyman Copeland Draper, King's Mountain and Its Heroes: History of the Battle of King's Mountain, October 7th, 1780, and the Events Which Led to It (Cincinnati: P.G. Thomson, 1881), 526.

May this memorial serve as an expression of the gratitude we owe Robert Edmondson for making the ultimate sacrifice to help build a new country: our America.

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  • Created by: Vonnie L Cantrell
  • Added: 8 Nov 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 154759507
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LT Robert Edmondson (1740–10 Oct 1780), Find a Grave Memorial no. 154759507, citing Kings Mountain Battleground Cemetery, Blacksburg, Cherokee County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Vonnie L Cantrell (contributor 47192880) .