Lt. Colonel James Hawthorn, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Blacksburg (SC)
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.
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
National Park Service, Kings Mountain National Military Park
October 7, 1950
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King’s Mountain Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
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.
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.
The marker is located in the heavily forested landscape of the park.
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.