Battle of Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown
The Battle of Elizabethtown marker is a simple rectangular bronze tablet attached to an irregular shaped upright slab of granite.
1781 1928 / ERECTED BY THE BATTLE OF ELIZABETHTOWN / CHAPTER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN / REVOLUTION AND THE COUNTY OF BLADEN / TO MARK THE SITE WHERE THE BATTLE OF / ELIZABETHTOWN WAS FOUGHT AT THE TORY / HOLE ON SEPTEMBER 29TH 1781.
September 28, 1928
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Battle of Elizabethtown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Bladen County
Several people, to include Governor A.W. McLean, gave greetings to those gathered for the dedication. Mrs. Charles Whitaker, State Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution gave an address with Dr. Frank P. Graham, Professor of History at the University of North Carolina being the keynote speaker.
In 1781 a band of 71 Patriots prepared to fight a force of 400 Tories (British sympathizers) at Elizabethtown. Sallie Salter, a local woman, was sent into Elizabethtown by the Revolutionaries on the pretense of selling eggs and socks while gathering information on the Tory positions. With the help of her information, the Patriots routed the larger force in battle and liberated Bladen County from British influence.
The marker is located on the Bladen County Courthouse grounds near the corner of Highway 87 (Broad St.) and Poplar Streets in Elizabethtown, NC. Other memorials stand on the lawn: the Sallie Salter Monument, the Bladen County Veterans Bell, the Fallen Heroes Memorial, and the Freedom Tree. The courthouse address is 166 E. Broad St. Elizabethtown, NC 28337.
The memorial marker stands on the Bladen County Courthouse lawn. The lawn is decorated with shady trees and benches.