Sallie Salter Monument, Elizabethtown
This monument is a carved granite boulder. The inscription includes the birth and death dates of Sallie Salter (a local hero of the American Revolution), those of her husband William Salter, and the dates that William Salter served as an Assemblyman. The monument is approximately 3 ½ ft tall by 2 ½ ft wide.
SALLIE SALTER / 1742 – 1800 / HEROINE OF / BATTLE OF ELIZABETHTOWN / WIFE OF / WILLIAM SALTER, II / 1732 – 1802 / ASSEMBLYMAN 1774 – 75 / ERECTED BY DESCENDANTS / BLADEN CO. & / BATTLE OF ELIZABETHTOWN / CHAPTER OF D. A. R.
Daughters of the American Revolution
June 23, 1944
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Daughters of the American Revolution, Salter family descendants, Bladen County
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 remains of Sallie Salter are interred at another location.
The marker is located on the Bladen County Courthouse grounds near the corner of Highway 87 (Broad St.) and Poplar Streets in Elizabethtown, NC. The monument faces west toward S. Poplar Street. Other memorials stand on the lawn: the Battle of Elizabethtown marker, the Bladen County Veterans Bell, the Fallen Heroes Memorial, and the Freedom Tree. The courthouse address is 166 E. Broad St. Elizabethtown, NC 28337.
This monument stands at the west edge of the Bladen County Courthouse Lawn. The lawn is decorated with shady trees and benches.