The Ferguson Rifle at King’s Mountain National Military Park
Most of us who have a love of history get cynical at times. We like to think that we are alone in our passion and everyone else is playing computer games or gossiping on their mobile phones and have not a clue or interest in how we became America. After visiting the King’s Mountain National Military Park yesterday, I am so happy I am wrong.
I witnessed a dedicated group the Hesse Kassel Jaeger Korps, who set-up a primitive camp and demonstrated Revolutionary style military life, come together with the Cub Scout Pack 173 out of Harrisburg, NC. The Scouts were well behaved and inquisitive. Out of the few dozen Scouts were there, I am sure the spark was ignited in a few to learn more of history and maybe even eventually learn about black powder.
King’s Mountain is famous for the battle where the British officer, Major Patrick Ferguson was fatally shot by several over the mountain, Scots- Irish using long rifles. Of course, Major Ferguson is most known for his breech loading flintlock rifle (which was not used at the Battle of King’s Mountain). The museum at the park has a wonderful display and explanation of Ferguson’s rifle. Additionally, this weekend had a very special firing demonstration of the gun.
Ricky Roberts, one of the reenactors, brought his Ferguson Rifle and provided a good demonstration of the gun’s reputation as being the first “assault rifle.” Here is a video of Ricky shooting a timed fire exercise and being cheered on by Cub Scout Pack 173.
UPDATE February 2012.
I am pleased to announce that the definitive book on the Ferguson rifle is now available from Ricky Roberts and Bryan Brown. See www.everyinsultandindignity.com.
To learn more about King’s Mountain National Military Park, go to their website….
The Hesse Kassel Jaeger Korps is a dedicated group who portrays an elite unit of the Germanic Hesse Kassel Jaegers, who fought for Briton during the American Revolution. They give many living history programs throughout the year. Look at their schedule on their website at… Be sure to scroll down the pages!