General William Lee Davidson Grave, Huntersville
The memorial of General Davidson stands about three feet tall and sits amongst many other graves. The front of the granite structure features a large bronze plaque with a long inscription. The other sides of the structure are roughly carved and have a natural granite finish. The memorial does not stand out amongst the other graves.
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TO THE MEMORY OF / GENERAL WILLIAM LEE DAVIDSON / OF MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. / BORN IN 1746, YOUNGEST SON OF GEORGE DAVIDSON / OF LANCASTER, PA. WHO MOVED TO MECKLENBURG CO. / NORTH CAROLINA, IN 1750. / MAJOR 4TH. REG. NORTH CAROLINA TROOPS. / PROMOTED LIEUTENANT-COLONEL. / SEVERELY WOUNDED AT CALSON’S MILL. / HE WAS PROMOTED FOR BRAVERY / TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL. / WITH 300 MEN OPPOSING CORNWALLIS AND TROOPS / HE WAS KILLED AT BATTLE OF COWAN’S FORD / FEBRUARY 1, 1781. / ERECTED BY / THE MECKLENBURG DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE CHAPTER / DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION 1920
Hopewell Presbyterian Church
September 29, 1920
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Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Dedication ceremonies were held at the Hopewell Presbyterian Church on September 29, 1920. The ceremony featured a number of speakers and a musical performance by the Davidson College band. Davidson College was named after the General. Basket dinners were served by members of the D.A.R.
General Davidson was killed in a delaying action skirmish known as the Battle of Chowan’s Ford.
Although technically a defeat, this action delayed the British long enough for the Patriot army
under General Nathanial Greene to escape to Guildford Courthouse and prepare for the battle
that was a turning point in the Revolutionary War.
Davidson College, County and City are all named for General William Davidson.
The General William Lee Davidson Memorial is located across from Duke Energy’s McGuire Nuclear Station, in Huntersville, NC.
John J. Morton Company was formed in the Charlotte area in 1920.
The memorial is situated among other graves in the common graveyard of Hopewell Presbyterian Church, at 10500 Beatties Ford Road Huntersville, NC 28078.
The tombstone sits atop the physical burial site of General Davidson.