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  • Monument Name

    Col. Ferguson Fell, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Blacksburg (SC)

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City

    Blacksburg, SC

  • County

    York (SC)

  • Description

    The marker is a narrow shaft of unfinished stone with a smooth lectern top holding the inscription. It stands just over 3-feet high and replaced a wooden marker at the site that had been there for an unknown duration but possibly as early as 1840.

  • Inscription

    HERE / COL. FERGUSON / FELL / OCT. 7, 1780

  • Custodian

    National Park Service, Kings Mountain National Military Park

  • Dedication Date

    Circa 1900

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.143050 , -81.381570 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

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

      “Col. Ferguson Fell,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed February 6, 2017) Link

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

      “Kings Mountain to Attract Huge Crowd October 7,” Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC), July 6, 1930

      “Kings Mountain,” The Newton Enterprise (Newton, NC). October 9, 1880

      “One to Be Built At Kings Mountain for the Mill People - Slabs To Mark Historic Spots in the Famous Battlefield Not Yet In Place,” The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), July 10, 1901

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Major A.H. White, Rock Hill, S.C.

  • Subject Notes

    Per an 1880 article from The Weekly Newton Enterprise, the inscription on the original wooden marker was “Ferguson was killed on this spot October 7th, 1780.” That marker was still in place as late as 1893 and possibly until the stone marker was placed. A 1901 article in the Charlotte Observer tells that the stone marker for where Ferguson fell (and a second marking his grave) had been lying on the ground for a “year or longer but have never been put in place." This would have put them on site as early as 1899. It was not determined when they were eventually set in place.

  • 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. 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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