Bob Inman

Bob Inman, the accomplished author, playwright and longtime WBTV anchor was commissioned to bring the Battle of Kings Mountain to the stage.  In Liberty Mountain he documents the dramatic events surrounding this crucial local confrontation of Patriots and Loyalists, who often came from the same Southern families. This battle would prove the turning point of the American Revolution. His challenge, he says, was to bring together a story that was “historically authentic” yet “entertaining” at the same time. Coincidentally, Inman has a personal connection to the battle:  he’s a descendant of Col. James Williams, the commander of a South Carolina militia contingent who died in the skirmish. Inman’s other works include novels “Home Fires Burning,””Captain Saturday,””Welcome to Mitford,” “The Governor’s Lady” and seven other stage plays, including “Dairy Queen Days,” recently performed by Kings Mountain Little Theatre.

Comments on Liberty Mountain

“Liberty Mountain” is a story that has long needed telling.  Much of our written history of the Revolutionary War focuses on the campaigns in the Northeast – Bunker Hill, Saratoga, Washington crossing the Delaware – all vitally important to America’s struggle to free itself from British rule.  But too little has been told about the fierce struggle at Kings Mountain and the other campaigns in the southern colonies.  In truth, were it not for Patriot victories here, we might all be singing “God Save The Queen.” Kings Mountain was especially crucial.  In May of 1780, the British appeared to be in total control of the Carolinas.  On October 7th of that year, at Kings Mountain, everything changed.  On one side: 900 Patriots, veterans of fierce wars with Indian tribes.  On the other: a thousand well-trained Loyalist militiamen led by British Major Patrick Ferguson.  The Patriots destroyed Ferguson’s force, a setback from which the British never recovered.  A year later, Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, effectively ending the war and securing American liberty. The men who fought at Kings Mountain, except for Ferguson, were Americans — deeply divided in their loyalties, brave in defense of their beliefs.  What transpired in that one violent hour on Kings Mountain is an epic tale, a fight to the death for America’s future, its destiny. But “Liberty Mountain” is more than a war story.  It’s a chronicle of the families who settled the Carolinas, immigrants from Europe who sought opportunity to raise families, to work and enjoy the fruits of their labor, to worship as they pleased.  They carved out a life from wilderness and when called upon to defend that life, rose to the occasion. I am blessed and privileged to have the opportunity to write the play, but even more to learn the intimate details of these lives and times.  I’ve come to know, honor, respect, and love these people, our forebears.  We all owe them more than we can ever repay.

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