Trusted advisors and Revolutionary War historians -- (L-R) Bob Sweeney, Scott Withrow and John Robertson helped keep the book historically accurate. Here, they are hiking the same trail toward Yellow Mountain Gap between North Carolina and Tennessee that was used by the overmountain men in their 220 mile trek to reach Kings Mountain. John drew the maps used in A Passel of Hate.

Another advisor and resource, Ambrose Mills III in front of the house that his 5th great grandfather, Tory commander Colonel Ambrose Mills, built on Green River around 1770. The home was purchased from the Mills family in 1934 and relocated a few miles closer to Tryon, N.C. Although modernized, it still retains much of the original material, design and charm of a place called Valle Temp.

Paul Carson, superintendent of the Overmountain National Victory Trail at the grave of Major Patrick Ferguson, the British commander. It is only fitting that Ferguson was buried at the Kings Mountain National Military Park where he fell in battle.
Alan Bowen, president of the Overmountain Victory trail association.
Richard Luce, an overmountain trail re-enactor and artist, created the illustration for the cover of A Passel of Hate.

Each year, the anniversary of the Kings Mountain battle begins with a commemorative reenactment of the march over the mountains to drive the Loyalist army out of the western Carolinas. The events begin with the arrival of Virginia militia crossing Sycamore Shoals on the Watauga River at present day Elizabethton, Tennessee.

Each anniversary of the Kings Mountain battle, Overmountain men re-enactors salute their victorious ancestors with three lusty “Huzzahs.”