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  • Monument Name

    British Encampment Plaque, Charlotte

  • Type

    Plaque

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City

    Charlotte

  • County

    Mecklenburg

  • Description

    The British Encampment plaque is unadorned aside from the inscription which appears on a black background. It is set into the sidewalk on the east side of the 200 block of South Tyron Street.

  • Inscription

    BRITISH ENCAMPMENT, 1780 / FROM SEPTEMBER 26 TO OCTOBER 12, 1780, / THE SOUTHERN BRITISH ARMY WAS / ENCAMPED IN CHARLOTTE. THE CAMP / TOTALED ABOUT 4,000 PEOPLE INCLUDING / OFFICERS, SOLDIERS, LOYALISTS, LABORERS, / SUTLERS, AND CAMP FOLLOWERS. THE / ENCAMPMENT WAS A SQUARE, ABOUT / 400 YARDS ACROSS, CENTERED ON THE / COURTHOUSE AT THE INTERSECTION OF TRADE / AND TYRON STREETS. YOU ARE STANDING IN / THE SOUTHERN PART OF THAT ENCAMPMENT / WITH BRITISH LT. COL. TARLETON’S INFANTRY / AND CALVARY, THE LOYALIST MILITIA, AND / CAMP FOLLOWERS. THE FOUR CANNONS OF / THE ARTILLERY WERE PLACED IN THE / CROSSROADS NEAR THE COURTHOUSE.

    MECKLENBURG HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION – MAY 20TH SOCIETY - 2012

  • Custodian

    City of Charlotte

  • Dedication Date

    May 2012

  • Decade

    2010s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.226730 , -80.843780 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Beaty, Artie. "Liberty Walk," About Charlotte (accessed June 20, 2014) Link

      “British Encampment, 1780,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed March 11, 2017) Link

      “Charlotte Liberty Walk,” Mecklenburg Historical Association, (accessed February 22, 2017) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze

  • Sponsors

    Mecklenburg Historical Association and The May 20th Society

  • Subject Notes

    The British Encampment plaque is part of the Charlotte Liberty Walk, a public/private partnership celebrating the revolutionary history of the City of Charlotte. This 1 mile trail dedicated in 2012 links important sites in the revolutionary history of Charlotte. The Encampment plaque is Marker 6. Other markers along the walk include the Liberty Hall (Marker 4); Battle of Charlotte (Marker 1); Ishmael Titus (Marker 2); Indian Trading Path (Marker 3), and Queen Charlotte Walks in Her Garden sculpture (Marker 12).

  • Location

    The memorial plaque is set into the sidewalk on the east side of the 200 block of South Tyron Street in downtown Charlotte. It is located a few steps from Last Meetings of the Confederate Cabinet Commemorative Marker.

  • Landscape

    The plaque is set into the sidewalk with trees planted along the road.

  • Post Dedication Use

    Guided and self-guided "Charlotte Liberty Walk" historic tours.

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