True considering that as you aptly point out, Ferguson invented a breech-loading rifle years before King's Mountain and presented it to Britain's army. London's War Office, however, ignored it -- not unlike unimaginative military establishments worldwide, who notoriously distrust innovation. Ferguson's invention was stalled, going nowhere. His death changed nothing. Breech-loading British Enfields finally appeared in small numbers 80-years later, during the U.S. Civil War, but neither the North nor the South recognized their importance.