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  • Monument Name

    King's Mountain Monument [Removed], Guilford Courthouse

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Removed Monuments

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • Creator

    National Marble Company of Cherokee County, N.C and Canton, Georgia, Supplier

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    This monument, dedicated to the 1780 patriot victory at Kings Mountain, was made up of a polished granite slab on a double base. Inscriptions appeared on both sides of the slab. It was removed in 1937 due to it commemorating a different battle.

  • Inscription

    Front: 1780 1903 / THE BATTLE OF / KING'S MOUNTAIN, / FOUGHT OCTOBER 7, 1780, / WAS “THE TURN IN THE TIDE OF SUCCESS / THAT TERMINATED THE REVOLUTION”

    “THERE IS NOTHING FINER IN THE / ROMANCE OF WAR.”

    Rear: GEN CHARLES MCDOWELL, / COLONEL ISAAC SHELBY, / COL. JOHN SEVIER / COL. WILLIAM CAMPBELL, VIRGINIA, / COL. JOSEPH MCDOWELL, / COL. JAMES WILLIAMS, S.C. KILLED, / COL. BENJ. CLEVELAND, / MAJ. JOSEPH WINSTON, / MAJ. HAMBRITE, / MAJ. WILLIAM CHRONICLE, KILLED.

  • Dedication Date

    July 4, 1903

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.132800 , -79.844150 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Arrangement for the Big Celebration at the Battle Ground," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), June 17, 1903, 1 Link

      "Guilford Battle Ground Affairs," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), June 1, 1903, 1-2 Link

      "National Marble Company Monument," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), July 1, 1903, 1 Link

      "Two Big Celebrations," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), June 30, 1903, 1 Link

      The Gulf States Historical Magazine 2 (1903), 228, (accessed February 6, 2012) Link

      Baker, Thomas E. and Michael H. White. The Monuments at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, North Carolina, (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Courthouse NMP, 1991)

      Folder 44d in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scan 7 Link

      Folder 45a in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 6, 17-18, 34, 36, 57, 61-62, 65-69, 73, 81, 89, 92 Link

      Folder 45b in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 3-4, 7, 9, 15-17, 38-40 Link

      Folder 46a in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 16, 18, 28, 30, 33, 37, 43, 55 Link

      Folder 47 in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 102-105 Link

      Folder 48a in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 25, 35-37 Link

      Folder 54a in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 83-114 Link

      Guilford Battle Ground Company. "Invitations and Programs for Fourth of July Celebrations at the Site of the Battle of Guilford Court House," (various, 1888-1906), (accessed May 29, 2012) Link

      Henderson, William A. Kings Mountain and its Campaign, (Greensboro, N.C.: Guilford Battleground Company, 1903), (accessed February 6, 2012) Link

      “King’s Mountain Memorial,” News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), March 29, 1903

      “The Fourth at the Battle Ground,” The Greensboro Patriot (Greensboro, NC), July 8, 1903

      “The Glorious Fourth in Guilford,” The Union Republican (Winston-Salem, NC), July 9, 1903

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Black Cherokee marble

  • Sponsors

    Thomas M. Brady, proprietor, National Marble Company, Cherokee County, N.C

  • Monument Cost

    Donation valued at $2,500

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Master of Ceremonies was Sam D. Bradford for the day’s events that began with a procession beginning at the president’s cottage. The featured oration was given by Col. W. A. Henderson of Tennessee on the topic of "Heroes of King's Mountain" which the Gulf State Historical Magazine called an unremarkable speech. U.S. Commissioner of Pensions, E.F. Ware of Topeka, Kansas spoke as did General H.V. Boynton of Washington and N.C. Supreme Court Justice R.M. Douglas among others. The actual unveiling was said to be “hurried” due to the heat.

  • Subject Notes

    Dedicated to the Battle of Kings Mountain fought in Western North Carolina.

  • Location

    The memorial was located within Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. It was placed in a row of monuments, most of which have been removed or are relocated.

  • Landscape

    The memorial marker stood on the field of the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

  • Former Locations

    This monument was dedicated when the GBGC intended to make the site a"Mecca of Patriotism;" it was deemed inappropriate by the National Park Service and removed in 1937.

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