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  • Monument Name

    Kings Mountain Chronicle Fell Monument, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Blacksburg (SC)

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War

    Historic Military Figures

  • City

    Blacksburg, SC

  • County

    York (SC)

  • Description

    This uncut, thumb-shaped and 3.5 foot high granite boulder is from Belmont, North Carolina, the hometown of Major William Chronicle. A bronze plaque is affixed to the northeast side of the boulder.

  • Inscription

    HERE FELL MAJOR WILLIAM CHRONICLE / OCT. 7, 1780 / ERECTED BY THE MAJOR WILLIAM CHRONICLE CHAPTER / D.A.R. / GASTONIA, N.C. / 1930

  • Custodian

    National Park Service, Kings Mountain National Military Park

  • Dedication Date

    June 18, 1930

  • Decade

    1930s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.143780 , -81.378610 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Carrillo, Richard F. "The Howser House and the Chronicle Grave and Mass Burial, King's Mountain National Military Park, South Carolina" (1976). Research Manuscript Series. Book 91. In the Scholar Commons | The Institutional Repository of the University of South Carolina, (accessed September 30, 2013) Link

      Chandler, Helen D. “Dedicate Marker to Memory of Chronicle, The Gastonia Gazette (Gastonia, NC), June 19, 1930

      DAR Major William Chronicle Chapter. "Chapter History," (accessed September 30, 2013) Link

      De Van Massey, Gregory. An Administrative History of Kings Mountain National Military Park, (U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Southeast Region, 1995)

      Holloman, Charles R. 1979. "Chronicle, William," NCPEDIA, (accessed October 1, 2013) Link

      United States Department of the Interior National Park Service. "National Park Service National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form [Kings Mountain National Military Park No.66000079]," June 6, 1976, (accessed May 2, 2013) Link

      Vincent, Susan Hart. "Kings Mountain National Military Park Cultural Landscape Report," (Atlanta, GA: National Park Service, 2003), (accessed September 24, 2013) Link

      Yancey, Noel. 2006. "Battle of King's Mountain," NCPEDIA, (accessed September 24, 2013) Link

      “Attends Unveiling,” The Gastonia Gazette (Gastonia, NC), June 18, 1930

      “Honoring Major Chronicle,” The Gastonia Gazette (Gastonia, NC), June 18, 1930

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, bronze

  • Sponsors

    The marker was erected by the Major William Chronicle Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. W. R. Stowe donated the granite block from William Chronicle's homestead.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    This monument was dedicated on June 18, 1930 by the Major William Chronicle Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution from Gastonia, North Carolina. Nearby South Carolina DAR chapters of King’s Mountain, York, and Lincolnton were also invited. The event was led by Mrs. James W. Atkins, and the DAR State Regent, Mrs. Charles Whitaker of Southern Pines, was the guest of honor. The event began with an invocation by Dr. B.A. Bowers of the First Baptist Church in Gastonia, followed by Mrs. Whitaker, who gave the principal address about the ideals of patriotism. She accepted the marker on behalf of the State. Then Miss Elizabeth Mason of Belmont read her prize-winning essay on Major William Chronicle. The marker was unveiled by Dorothy Chandler and George Wilson, Jr. Standing nearby, George Anderson held an American flag, and a rifle once used in the battle by James Baird, a soldier from Gaston County, rested against the marker. Boy Scout Jack Atkins played “Taps” on his bugle bringing the event to a close. After the ceremony attendees “enjoyed a real old-time fried-chicken picnic” organized by Mrs. S.S. Shuford.

  • Nickname

    The DAR Monument

  • Subject Notes

    This marker is one of three Chronicle markers in a close cluster near the walking trail. It reputedly marks the location in which Major William Chronicle was killed during the battle of King’s Mountain.

  • Location

    The marker is located in the eastern side of the park and faces northeast toward the trail.

  • Landscape

    The marker is located in the heavily forested landscape of the park. The 1815 Chronicle Marker and the 1914 Chronicle Marker sit side by side across the trail from the Chronicle Fell Monument.

  • Death Space

    Yes

  • Post Dedication Use

    The site has been used for annual Fourth of July celebrations that include eighteenth-century military encampments, musket demonstrations, and fireworks.

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