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  • Monument Name

    Major Joseph Graham, Charlotte

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Historic Military Figures

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • Creator

    Violet Alexander, Charlotte, Designer

    Gault & Son, Baltimore, Maryland, Builder

  • City

    Charlotte

  • County

    Mecklenburg

  • Description

    The marker for Joseph Graham is a 6-foot high bolder of Winnsboro granite with a bronze plaque attached. The plaque is shield shaped with a round on flat top. In relief above the inscription is tree branch holding a hornet’s nest. Beneath the inscription is the spinning wheel insignia of the Daughters of the American Revolution above a pair of crossed sabers. Graham was a captain at the time of the events described on the plaque. Later in the war he attained the rank of Major. The plaque is dated 1916 but the marker was placed and dedicated in 1918.

    Images (provided by Linda Dalton, Historic Sugaw Creek Academy & Burying Grounds, Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church): Plaque

  • Inscription

    MAJOR JOSEPH GRAHAM / PATRIOT, SOLDIER, STATESMAN / RECEIVED NINE WOUNDS IN / BATTLE OF CHARLOTTE / WAS LEFT FOR DEAD ON / SUGAW CREEK ROAD / SEPTEMBER 26, 1780 / ERECTED BY / THE MECKLENBURG DECLARATION / OF INDEPENDENCE CHAPTER / DAUGHTERS OF THE / AMERICAN REVOLUTION / 1916

  • Custodian

    Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church

  • Dedication Date

    May 20, 1918

  • Decade

    1910s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.258540 , -80.794660 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      David A. Norris and Daniel W. Barefoot. 2006. "Charlotte, Battle of," NCpedia.org (accessed June 20, 2014) Link

      The Mecklenburg Historical Association, http://www.meckdec.org/, (accessed January 31, 2017) Link

      Williams, Max R. 1986. “Graham, Joseph,” NCPedia.org, (accessed January 31, 2017) Link

      “D.A.R. Chapter Unveils Marker,” The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), May 18, 1918

      “Monument to General Graham,” The Charlotte News (Charlotte, NC), May 21, 1918

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Winnsboro granite, bronze

  • Sponsors

    Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Monument Cost

    $250

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Mrs. W.L. Moore regent of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution was mistress of ceremonies. Major William A. Graham, the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture, a member of the same family as Joseph Graham was the featured speaker and gave a talk on patriotism. Misses Sarah and Bessie Hall, lineal descendants of Graham unveiled the plaque. Those in attendance sang “America” to close the program.

  • Subject Notes

    Lord Cornwallis came to Charlotte in the fall of 1780 on his way to try and destroy the Continental Army. He stayed only sixteen days due to the intensity of local partisan actions against his troops. Because of this he later referred to Charlotte as “A Hornet’s Nest of Rebellion” giving rise to Charlotte being called the Hornet’s Nest City today. Graham was wounded during rear guard fighting as patriot militia forces withdrew in defeat from the Battle of Charlotte.

    Graham was a member of the first board of trustees of the University of North Carolina. During the war of 1812 he was appointed a brigadier general of North Carolina and South Carolina militia.

  • Location

    The marker is located across Sugar Creek Road from Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church (101 West Sugar Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28213).

  • Landscape

    The memorial marker stands under a line of mature trees in front of an iron fence near the entrance into the church cemetery.

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