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  • Monument Name

    Lt. Colonel James Hawthorn, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Blacksburg (SC)

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Historic Military Figures

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City

    Blacksburg, SC

  • County

    York (SC)

  • Description

    The memorial to Lt. Colonel James Hawthorn is a bronze plaque attached to a large smooth boulder with the front face chipped off to form a place for the plaque. The plaque is unadorned aside from the inscription and the spinning wheel symbol of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The plaque is dated 1949 but dedication took place in 1950.

  • Inscription

    IN HONOR OF / LIEUTENANT COLONEL JAMES HAWTHORN / COMMANDER OF / COLONEL WILLIAM HILL'S REGIMENT / YORK COUNTY TROOPS / IN THE BATTLE OF KINGS MOUNTAIN / 7 OCTOBER 1780 / COLONEL HILL HAVING BEEN DISABLED / BY WOUNDS RECEIVED / IN A FORMER ENGAGEMENT / ERECTED BY KING’S MOUNTAIN CHAPTER / DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION / YORK, SOUTH CAROLINA, 1949

  • Custodian

    National Park Service, Kings Mountain National Military Park

  • Dedication Date

    October 7, 1950

  • Decade

    1950s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.142750 , -81.382200 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Kings Mountain: National Military Park, South Carolina," National Park Service, nps.gov, (accessed February 7, 2017) Link

      “Kings Mountain National Military Park: Touring the Battlefield,” National Park Planner, npplan.com, (accessed February 7, 2017) Link

      “Lieutenant Colonel James Hawthorn,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed February 6, 2017) Link

      “May Erect Memorial at Battleground to Lt. Col. Hawthorn, The Gastonia Gazette (Gastonia, NC), May 14, 1949

      “York DAR Unveils Marker to Col. James Hawthorn at Kings Mtn.” Evening Herald (Rock Hill, SC), October 9, 1950

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, granite

  • Sponsors

    King’s Mountain Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Miss Daisy Gist of York, S.C. unveiled the marker. Captain George B. McKelvey was the principal speaker and Mrs. J.C. Roper, Kings Mountain Chapter regent, presided over the ceremony. Patriotic music was provided by a group of students from York High School.

  • Location

    The marker is located, along with numerous other memorials, along a 1.5 mile walking trail around the Kings Mountain Battlefield on the eastern side of the park. It is near the Kings Mountain U.S. Monument. The Kings Mountain National Military Park address is 2625 Park Rd, Blacksburg, SC 29702.

  • Landscape

    The marker is located in the heavily forested landscape of the park.

  • Post Dedication Use

    Every October 7th, the Park honors those who fought at Kings Mountain by holding a morning wreath laying ceremony at the US Monument and a program in the amphitheater at 3:00, the time the battle began. There are different events scheduled in the park throughout the year.

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