Delivered at the Celebration of the Fifty-fourth Anniversary of the BATTLE OF THE COWPENS, on the Battle-Ground, in Spartanburgh District, South Carolina, January 17, 1835.
FELLOW-CITIZENS:--We have met on a most solemn and interesting occasion--one calculated, beyond all others, to inspire our bosoms with an ardent love of country, a devout reverence for the deeds of our ancestors, and with feelings of deep and overwhelming gratitude to God. We have assembled for the purpose of commemorating a VALOROUS ACHIEVEMENT of American arms, in defence of LIBERTY and the sufferings of a BLEEDING COUNTRY. We have met too on the very plain--now consecrated as the FIELD of BATTLE and of VICTORY--enriched with the blood of our COUNTRYMEN, and bleaching with the bones of their ENEMIES. Yes, fellow-citizens, it was on this glorious and sacred
spot, fifty-four years since to-day, as the morning's sun rose fair and brilliant over the heights of King's Mountain--recently immortalized with victory--that a gallant detachment of the American army here unfurled the STAR-SPANGLED BANNER of their country, and nobly resolved to die or conquer under its inspiring and protecting ÆGIS. No sooner was the STANDARD of LIBERTY hoisted to the morning breeze, and her Flag seen to waive aloft in proud defiance of the opposing foe, than the hearts and drooping spirit of the soldiery became nerved at the sight, and they cheerfully rushed on to the combat. Quickly the silent stillness of this