Born on December 11, 1750, Isaac Shelby
seemed destined to become a soldier. His father served with
distinction in the French and Indian War. In 1774, Isaac
served as lieutenant in his father's company at the Battle
of Point Pleasant.
About 1,100 British troops led by Major
Patrick Ferguson were camped atop the mountain, and the
commander declared that "even the almighty can not drive me
from it." So it was on October 7, 1780, when Isaac Shelby
helped lead buckskin-clad American sharpshooters to victory,
driving the British from Kings Mountain which paved the way
for the defeat of the British troops under Lord Cornwallis.
This was his most noteworthy wartime accomplishment.
The city of Shelbyville, Tennessee, was
named in honor of this courageous Revolutionary War hero. It
seemed only fitting that our DAR Chapter be named in his
honor as well.