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  • Monument Name

    General William Lee Davidson Grave, Huntersville

  • Type

    Grave

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War

    Historic Military Figures

  • Creator

    John J. Morton Company, Designer

    Winnsboro Granite, Supplier

  • City

    Huntersville

  • County

    Mecklenburg

  • Description

    The memorial of General Davidson stands about three feet tall and sits amongst many other graves. The front of the granite structure features a large bronze plaque with a long inscription. The other sides of the structure are roughly carved and have a natural granite finish. The memorial does not stand out amongst the other graves.

    Images: Inscription | Rear view

  • Inscription

    TO THE MEMORY OF / GENERAL WILLIAM LEE DAVIDSON / OF MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. / BORN IN 1746, YOUNGEST SON OF GEORGE DAVIDSON / OF LANCASTER, PA. WHO MOVED TO MECKLENBURG CO. / NORTH CAROLINA, IN 1750. / MAJOR 4TH. REG. NORTH CAROLINA TROOPS. / PROMOTED LIEUTENANT-COLONEL. / SEVERELY WOUNDED AT CALSON’S MILL. / HE WAS PROMOTED FOR BRAVERY / TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL. / WITH 300 MEN OPPOSING CORNWALLIS AND TROOPS / HE WAS KILLED AT BATTLE OF COWAN’S FORD / FEBRUARY 1, 1781. / ERECTED BY / THE MECKLENBURG DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE CHAPTER / DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION 1920

  • Custodian

    Hopewell Presbyterian Church

  • Dedication Date

    September 29, 1920

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.366170 , -80.897640 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

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

      Gillispie, Molly. “General William Lee Davidson ” Davidson Encyclopedia (2001)

      “Monument to Gen Davidson,” The Charlotte News (Charlotte, NC), September 30, 1920, (accessed April 1, 2014)

      “Plans Complete For Exercises,” The Charlotte News (Charlotte, NC), September 28, 1920, (accessed April 1, 2014)

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, Granite

  • Sponsors

    Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Dedication ceremonies were held at the Hopewell Presbyterian Church on September 29, 1920. The ceremony featured a number of speakers and a musical performance by the Davidson College band. Davidson College was named after the General. Basket dinners were served by members of the D.A.R.

  • Subject Notes

    “Davidson College was named in honor of General William 
Lee Davidson, a local Revolutionary War hero who died at the battle of
 Cowan’s Ford in 1781. His son, William Lee Davidson II, provided the 
initial acreage for the college.” Gillispie, Molly. “General William Lee Davidson ” Davidson Encyclopedia 2001

  • Location

    The memorial is situated amongst other graves in the common graveyard of Hopewell Presbyterian Church.

  • Landscape

    The tombstone sits atop the physical burial site of General Davidson.

  • Death Space

    Yes

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