The Battle of
The frontier settlers of Kentucky played a pivotal role in the Revolutionary War, specifically at the Battle of King’s Mountain on October 7, 1780.
The early settlers of Six Mile Creek, affectionately known as “Six-Milites”, jumped at the call to arms to battle the oppressive British rule their families had fled in what many historians have called the decisive battle between Patriot and Loyalist militias (let’s call them the home and away team for a reference of who’s who). Colonel Isaac Shelby was one of several Patriot militia leaders to defeat British Major Patrick Ferguson in Cherokee County, South Carolina, 9 miles south of King’s Mountain in present-day North Carolina.
History has not done justice to this significant battle. The Battle of King’s Mountain should stand alongside such important and notable battles as Lexington, Bunker Hill, Trenton, and Yorktown. Even great members of American history acknowledge the importance of this historic battle:
The Battle of King’s Mountain
1784 Map of ‘Kentucke’
John Filson created the first map of “Kentucke” in 1784 as a gift to General George Washington.
Written on the map are the following words:
“This map of Kentucke, drawn from actual observations is inscribed with the most perfect respect to the honorable the Congress of the United States of America, and to his excellency. George Washington, late commander in chief of their army.”
The most exciting part, in our opinion, is that on this brilliantly detailed document, “6 Mile Cr.” is clearly labeled! This historic document provides a particular foundation displaying the origins of our distillery and our beloved land.