Well put, Curtis.
Like you said, in the numerous reports and eyewitness accounts, there is no mention of any uniformed persons with the 'Loyalists' and there is no mention of artillery. I believe the large groups were more organized than 'mobs', but I agree, that these were groups and caravans of civilians moving by any means available and carrying what possessions they could. The 'military' force attempting to shield them from the 'Confederates' was led by town chiefs and other prominent men. The main group with Opothleyahola was apparently en route to rendezvous with the Keetoowah in the western Cooweescoowee District (Cherokee Nation) to get assistance from Drew's Cherokee Mtd Rifles and other Pins.
There are influential people who believe the battle occurred near Yale or strongly want that to be true. These influential persons have rather effectively convinced a large number of persons who are not familiar with the perponderence of evidence as to the location, or general vicinity, of the engagements collectively known as the Battle of Round Mountain.
What are we to do?