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  • Monument Name

    George Locke Marker, Charlotte

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City

    Charlotte

  • County

    Mecklenburg

  • Description

    The monument to George Locke is an 8 ft. cairn made of field stones with a simple granite plaque embedded into it. It commemorates the death of 16 year old Locke who is remembered for being hacked to pieces by British troops under Banastre Tarleton near the spot of the marker. It incorrectly names Locke as a Lieutenant Colonel. After the engagements near Charlotte his commander, Captain Joseph Graham, listed “Lt. Locke and four privates killed,” and news headlines and stories from the dedication name him as a Lieutenant. A transcription from one of the news stories did not include the mistake. No explanation was found for the mistaken rank. A poured concrete base and sidewalk were added to the site in more recent times.

  • Inscription

    LIEUT. COL. GEORGE LOCKE / KILLED BY / TARLETON’S DRAGOONS / SEPT. 26, 1780 / MECKLENBURG CHAPTER / D.A.R. / 1911

  • Dedication Date

    September 26, 1911

  • Decade

    1910s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.283360 , -80.764470 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      The Twin-City Daily Sentinel (Winston-Salem, NC), September 27, 1911

      Barefoot, Daniel W. Touring North Carolina’s Revolutionary War Sites (Winston Salem, NC: John F. Blair Publisher, 1998), 201

      Boekelheide, Dan. “Monument Honors University City’s Revolutionary Hero,” The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), June 28, 2013, (accessed January 12, 2017) Link

      Norris, David A. and Barefoot, Daniel W., “Charlotte, Battle of,” NCPedia.org, (accessed January 12, 2017) Link

      “Memorial To Lieut. Col. George Locke,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed January 5, 2017) Link

      “Monument to Lt. Geo. Locke Unveiled,” The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC) September 27, 1911

      “Morrill, Dr. Dan L. “A History Of Charlotte And Mecklenburg County,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, (accessed January 12, 2017) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Field stone, masonry, granite

  • Sponsors

    Mecklenburg Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Several hundred people gathered on the 131st anniversary of Locke’s death in a stand of pine trees just off the road lined with autos and vehicles of various kinds. Mrs. Latta C. Johnston, regent of the Mecklenburg Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, led the ceremony. Mrs. William Reynolds, State Regent of the D.A.R. was present and addressed those gathered and Rev. Dr. John L. Caldwell, President of Presbyterian College was orator for the day. Two young girls, Mary Johnston and Susie Hutchison unveiled the marker.

  • Subject Notes

    Locke was killed as American forces were withdrawing in defeat after the Battle of Charlotte. He was hacked to pieces by saber wielding “Green Dragoons” (British Calvary) of Banastre Tarleton who was likely the most hated man in Revolutionary America. Tarleton earned the nickname of “Ban the Butcher,” because of his brutal tactics and execution of prisoners. “Tarleton’s quarter” became a rallying cry for American troops to show no mercy to British troop during times of battle.

  • Location

    The marker is near University City (the area surrounding UNC-Charlotte) in the median of N. Tryon Street just south of its intersection with the connector road from I-85. When dedicated in 1911 this spot was still seven miles from Charlotte proper.

  • Landscape

    The marker stands at a busy intersection of highway and a street, with only a small wooded area behind it.

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