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  • Monument Name

    Battle of Alamance Monument, Alamance Battlefield

  • Type

    Obelisk

  • Subjects

    Colonial Wars

    Revolutionary War

  • City

    Burlington

  • County

    Alamance

  • Description

    This memorial, also known as "First Battle of the Revolution", is a small obelisk situated on top of four rectangular bases, the topmost of which is inscribed, sits in the middle of the Alamance battlefield.

    Images: Front | Rear | Right side | Left side | Vintage postcard dated ca. 1905-1915 | Far-off view of James Hunter and Battle of Alamance monuments

  • Inscription

    Front: FIRST BATTLE OF THE REVOLUTION

    Rear: HERE / WAS FOUGHT THE / BATTLE OF / ALAMANCE / MAY 16TH, 1771 / BETWEEN THE / BRITISH AND THE / REGULATORS

    Right of Monument: LIBERTY

    Left of Monument: 1880

  • Custodian

    State of North Carolina

  • Dedication Date

    1880

  • Decade

    1880s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.008350 , -79.520700 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Fitch, William Edward. Some Neglected History of North Carolina; Being an Account of the Revolution of the Regulators and of the Battle of Alamance, the First Battle of the American Revolution, (New York, NY: Neale Publishing Co., 1905), (accessed May 16, 2012) Link

      "Alamance Battleground: Colonial Period – Revolutionary War," North Carolina Historic Sites, http://www.nchistoricsites.org, (accessed December 8, 2016) Link

      "Battle of Alamance," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed December 8, 2016) Link

      "First Battle of the Revolution," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed December 8, 2016) Link

      "Regulator Column Alamance Battleground State Historical Site Near Burlington, North Carolina" in North Carolina Postcard Collection (P052), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill Link

      Troxler, George W. "Alamance, Battle of," NCPedia, http://www.ncpedia.org, (accessed December 8, 2016) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Subject Notes

    The battle between two small forces was fought on May 16th, 1771.

  • Location

    The obelisk is located on North Carolina Route 62 east of Clapp Mill Road, Alamance, NC, on the left when traveling west. It stands app. nine miles from Burlington, N.C.

  • Landscape

    The monument stands on the site of the actual Alamance battleground. The Hunter monument is within sight.

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