Revolutionary War historians and critical advisors for "A Passel of Hate." (L-R) Bob Sweeney, Scott Withrow, and John Robertson helped ensure historical accuracy. Bob was one of the founders of the Overmoutain Victory Trail Association. Scott was the principal editor and John provided the maps used in the book. Scott and John were also rangers at the Cowpens National Battlefield before their retirement.
Ambrose Mills IV stands in front of his ancestral home, Valle Temp, built in North Carolina's Green River wilderness in 1770. Colonel Ambrose Mills commanded the Tory militia at the Battle of Kings Mountain. He was hanged with 8 other Loyalists a week after the battle.
The house was moved nearer to Tryon in 1934, but is no longer in the Mills family. It still has many of its original features.
The modern day Ambrose was very helpful in providing details of his Tory ancestors for use in "A Passel of Hate."
Paul Carson was superintendent of the Overmountain National Victory Trail and an invaluable resource during the time Epley researched and wrote "A Passel of Hate." He stands here next to the grave of Major Patrick Ferguson at the Kings Mountain battle site. Ferguson was the only Regular British Army officer in the battle and his grave is the only known grave of a battle participant in the Kings Mountain National Military Park.
Reenactors fire their flintlocks as they cross the Watauga River to commemorate the Virginia militia arriving at Fort Watauga near present day Elizabethton, Tennessee where they joined with North Carolina's overmountain men for the trek to drive the British from the state -- a 330-mile march that ended in a complete victory at Kings Mountain.
The story of the Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain is kept alive each year by reenactors to trace the steps of their ancestors from Abington, Virginia to Kings Mountain and stop at each overnight camping place to help school students better understand the history of their area. "A Passel of Hate" provides an intimate description of that difficult cross-mountain journey.
On 7 October of each year, reenactors and patriot members of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution gather at the Kings Mountain battlefield to honor the brave backcountry militia that fought and won the battle described by Thomas Jefferson as "The turn in the tide of success for America's struggle for freedom."