Lt. Anthony Allaire was a New York-born Loyalist (Tory) whom British Col. Patrick Ferguson brought south when the latter was seconded to the South Carolina campaign.According to Draper, he was of Huguenot descent, born at New Rochelle in Westchester County, New York on 22 Feb 1755, and commissioned a Lieutenant in the Loyal American Volunteers where he served as Adjutant in Ferguson’s corp during the seige of Charleston, at Monks’ Corner, and in the up-country of North and South Carolina, including at King’s Mountain. He removed to New Brunswick, Canada in 1783 and died on his farm near Frederickton on 9 Jun 1838, “leaving a
daughter who intermarried with Lieutenant John Robinson of the army.” Lieutenant Allaire was also survived by his diary, which covers the period 5 Mar – 29 Nov 1780.
Did you ever wonder what the other side thought ? I have and browsing thought some internet sources, have found some very interesting primary sources. I thought you may be interested to read what the loyalists thought of Kings Mountain.
This is reprinted on a site called “The Loyalist Institute” http://www.royalprovincial.com/history/battles/kingslet.shtml
|Extract from a letter from an officer,
dated Charlestown, January 30th, 1781.
This gentleman went from New York with a detachment drawn from the
This letter gives the most circumstantial account yet received of the action
“I think the last letter I wrote you was from Fort Moultrie, which I left a
We marched to a place called Ninety Six, which is about two hundred miles
That you may have some faint idea of our suffering, I shall mention a few
In the first place we were separated from all the army, acting with the militia; we never lay two
In this disagreeable situation, we remained till the seventh of October, when
Col. FERGUSON had under his command eight hundred militia, and our
The action commenced about two o’clock in the afternoon, and was very severe
When our detachment charged, for the first time, it fell to my lot to put a
But their numbers enabled them to surround us and the North Carolina regiment,
Seeing this, and numbers being out of ammunition which naturally threw the
Capt. DePEYSTER, on whom the command devolved, seeing it impossible to form
We lost in this action, Maj. FERGUSON, of the Seventy-first regiment, a man
We lost eighteen men killed on the spot-Capt. RYERSON and thirty-two
Lieutenant M’GINNIS of ALLEN’s
The militia killed, one hundred, including officers; wounded, ninety; taken
The Rebels lost Brig.-Gen. Williams, and one hundred and thirty-five,
The morning after the action we were marched sixteen miles, previous to which
The party was kept marching two days without any kind of provisions. The
Shortly after we were marched to Bickerstaff’s settlement, where we arrived
On the fourteenth, a court martial, composed of twelve field officers, was
and, at six o’clock in the evening of the same day, executed Col. MILLS,
On the morning of the fifteenth, Col. Campbell had intelligence that Col.
During this day’s march the men were obliged to give thirty-five Continental
Several of the militia that were worn out with fatigue, and not being able to
After the party arrived at Moravian Town, in North Carolina, we officers were
Dr. JOHNSON was, after this, knocked down, and treated in the basest manner,
The Rebel officers would often go in amongst the prisoners, draw their
This is a specimen of Rebel lenity-you may report it without the least
After we were in Moravian Town about a fortnight, we were told we could not
in consequence of this, Capt. TAYLOR, Lieut. STEVENSON and myself, chose
From this town to Ninety Six, which was the first post we arrived at, is
The fatigues of this jaunt I shall omit till I see you, although I suffered
The Royal Gazette, (New York), February 24, 1781.