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  • Monument Name

    Mary Sheffield Dunn Memorial, Wadesboro

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Historic Women Figures

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City

    Wadesboro

  • County

    Anson

  • Description

    A bronze plaque attached to a massive granite boulder commemorates Mary Sheffield Dunn (1759-1862), a nurse and heroine of the Revolutionary War. The marker stands near the grave of Mary Sheffield Dunn.

  • Inscription

    THIS MARKER IS DEDICATED TO / MARY SHEFIELD DUNN / 1759 1862 / WHOSE PATRIOTIC SERVICES / AND KINDLY MINISTRIES / TO THE SICK AND UNFORTUNATE / DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR / MERIT THE HOMAGE OF / COUNTLESS DESCENDANTS / AND DESERVE THE GRATEFUL / RECOGNITION OF / SUCCEEDING GENERATIONS / ERECTED BY / THOMAS WADE CHAPTER D.A.R. / WADESBORO N.C. / 1931

  • Dedication Date

    December 2, 1931

  • Decade

    1930s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.959370 , -80.026870 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Barefoot, Daniel W. Touring NC Revolutionary War Sites, (John F. Blair, Publisher, 1998), 155-156 Link

      “Fearless Females: The Life and Times of an American Rev War Heroine - Mary Sheffield-Dunn,” Larry’s Family History, http://larry-family-history.blogspot.com, (accessed November 13, 2015) Link

      “Mary Ann Sheffield Dunn,” Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com, (accessed November 13, 2015) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, stone

  • Sponsors

    Thomas Wade Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Two American flags were draped over the section of the enormous stone to which the plaque had been welded. At 2:30 Boy Scout Charles Ross sounded assembly on the bugle to begin the ceremony. An invocation was given by Mr. Caligan of the Presbyterian Church followed by a salute to the flag led by the D.A.R. The chapter regent expressed her thanks to those who made the occasion a success. The plaque was then unveiled by two little girls, Sheffield Liles and Sarah Dabney both descendants of Mary Sheffield Dunn.

  • Subject Notes

    At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War Mrs. Dunn was a well-respected nurse and midwife who along with her husband Isaac joined the Patriots. She could often be found at her husband’s side while he fought in Colonel Thomas Wade’s regiment. Often harassed by Loyalists, one attack by a sabre wielding Tory left a lifelong scar. Throughout her life in a time when physicians were rare she was known as a woman of medicine.

  • Location

    The marker is located at the Bennett Cemetery, 437 State Rd. 1812, McRae Ave, several miles outside of Wadesboro off U.S. Highway 74. The boulder stands right behind the grave of Mary Sheffield Dunn.

  • Landscape

    The memorial is surrounded by tombstones and mature trees.

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