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  • Monument Name

    General William Lee Davidson Memorial, Huntersville

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Historic Military Figures

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City

    Huntersville

  • County

    Mecklenburg

  • Description

    This memorial to General Davidson is a pillar constructed of local stone and rock standing roughly eight feet tall with a metal plaque attached. It is one of at least four memorials to General Davidson in the Charlotte area with one of the later ones (1971) at the same location. The marker was originally placed at the spot where General Davidson fell during the battle of Chowan’s Ford on February 1, 1781. It had been lost to history but was rediscovered by a bulldozer driver as land was being cleared for the McGuire Nuclear Station at Lake Norman. Duke Energy had the pillar relocated to the General Davidson Memorial Area.

  • Inscription

    CHOWAN’S FORD. / WHERE FELL / THE REVOLUTIONARY HERO, / GENL. WH LEE DAVIDSON. / 1781. / ERECTED BY / E.L. BAXTER DAVIDSON.

  • Custodian

    Duke Energy

  • Dedication Date

    1923

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Supporting Sources

      "Rich History," Town of Huntersville, (accessed June 12, 2014) Link

      "The Davidson Monument Again," The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), April 14, 1887 Link

      Davidson, Chalmers G. “Davidson, William Lee,” NCPedia.org, (accessed January 23, 2017) Link

      Graham, William Alexander. "General William Lee Davidson," (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Battle Ground Co., 1906), (accessed May 25, 2012) Link

      United States Congressional Record. "Nash and Davidson Monuments: Full Text of the Debate Between Congressmen Cannon and Kitchin," from the U.S. Congressional Record, 57th Congress, First Session, Washington, D.C., July 1, 1902, (accessed February 6, 2012) Link

      “Battle of Cowans Ford,” Benjamin Cleveland Chapter, D.A.R., (accessed November 29, 2015) Link

      “General William Lee Davidson,” The Dispatch (Lexington, NC), April, 19, 1971, (accessed November 29, 2015) Link

      “Memorializing The Historical Battle And Death,” Davidson College Lake Norman Project, http://libraries.davidson.edu, (accessed November 29, 2015) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Metal, stone

  • Sponsors

    Edward Lee Baxter Davidson

  • Subject Notes

    General Davidson was killed in a delaying action skirmish known as the Battle of Chowan’s Ford. Although technically a defeat, this action delayed the British long enough for the Patriot army under General Nathanial Greene to escape to Guildford Courthouse and prepare for the battle that was a turning point in the Revolutionary War.

    Edward Lee Baxter Davidson was proud of his ancestry and also placed and paid for several markers in the Charlotte area to relatives who were prominent during the American Revolution including The Battle of McIntyre’s Farm marker and Major John Davidson. He was a member of the North Carolina Historical Society and served as a District Vice President of the Sons of the American Revolution.
    The General William Lee Davidson Grave is located at the cemetery of Hopewell Presbyterian Church, at 10500 Beatties Ford Road Huntersville, NC 28078.
    Davidson College, County and City are all named for General William Davidson.

  • Location

    The General Davidson Memorial park area is located across from Duke Energy’s McGuire Nuclear Station, in Huntersville, NC.

  • Landscape

    This memorial stands in a small park designed by a landscape architect Jack Hurst. The park was designed for the 1971 General Davidson Memorial which includes a Revolutionary War era cannon.

  • Former Locations

    The maker had to be relocated in 1971 for construction of the McGuire Nuclear Station near Lake Norman. A 1971 news article noted that the original location is now submerged.

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