The Retreat From Blackstock’s
It was thought expedient to retreat that night, though it was near sun down when the enemy quit the field. According, a bier was constructed, upon which Gen. Sumpter was carried between two horses. Not a few of the militia lodged that night among the Storys and McIllwaines, twelve miles distant from the scene of action. The retreat was continued the next day toward King’s Mountain in York District. On the way thither a part of the Whigs encamped on Gilkie’s Creek. A pet Tory lived near where they lay, and some of them told him they would press him into service and take him along with them in the morning. To escape that disaster he took a chisel that night and cut off one of his toes.