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Near Blacksburg in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sacred to the Memory Monument

 
 
Original and New Monuments image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
1. Original and New Monuments
Inscription.
Sacred to the Memory of
Major Willian Chronicle, Captain John Mattocks
William Rabb and John Boyd
Who Were killed at this place on the 7th.
of October 1780. Fighting in Defense of America.

Colonel Ferguson an office of his Britannic
Majesty, was defeated and killed at
this place on the 7th of October 1780.

Note: This inscription is a copy of that on
the old monument erected by Dr. William MaClean in 1815.

This stone has been placed by the King's
Mountain Association of Yorkshire, South Carolina

 
Erected by King's Mountain Association of Yorkshire, South Carolina.
 
Location. 35° 8.638′ N, 81° 22.711′ W. Marker is near Blacksburg, South Carolina, in York County. Marker can be reached from Park Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located along a 1.5 mile walking trail around the Kings Mountain Battlefield. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2625 Park Road, Blacksburg SC 29702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Local Boys & Spies (a few steps from this marker); Major William Chronicle (a few steps from this marker); Col. Frederick Hambright
New Monument image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
2. New Monument
From which the inscription text appears above.
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major Winston's (about 400 feet away); Major Ferguson Falls (about 400 feet away); Col. Ferguson Fell (about 400 feet away); Colonel Patrick Ferguson Memorial (about 500 feet away); Fighting in a Forest Primeval (about 600 feet away); Lieutenant Colonel James Hawthorn (about 600 feet away); Tighten the Noose (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Blacksburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kings Mountain National Military Park (U.S. National Park Service). Thomas Jefferson called it "The turn of the tide of success." (Submitted on April 2, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Major William Chronicle Chapter, D.A.R, Gastonia, North Carolina. Gastonia, located in the heart of the Piedmont section of North Carolina, was incorporated in 1877 and became the county seat of Gaston County in 1911. (Submitted on September 11, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. The Patriot Resource: British Colonel Patrick Ferguson. Patrick
The Original Monument image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
3. The Original Monument
Ferguson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1744. (Submitted on September 11, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Patrick Ferguson. Major Patrick Ferguson (1744 – October 7, 1780) was a Scottish officer in the British Army, early advocate of light infantry and designer of the Ferguson rifle. (Submitted on September 11, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Major William Chronicle
Major William Chronicle, the soldier and martyr to the cause of liberty at Kings Mountain, was born in the south eastern part of Lincoln county (now Gaston) about 1755. His mother was first married to a Mr. McKee in Pennsylvania, who afterwards removed to North Carolina and settled in Mecklenburg county. By this marriage she had one son, James McKee, a soldier of the revolution, and ancestor of the several families of that name in the neighborhood of Armstrong's Ford, on the South Fork of the Catawba. After McKee's death, his widow married Mr. Chronicle, by whom she had an only son, William, who afterward performed a magnanimous part in defence of his country's rights. The site of the old family mansion is still pointed out by the oldest inhabitants with feelings of lingering veneration. "There," they will
Monument on the Battlefield Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2010
4. Monument on the Battlefield Trail
tell you, "is the spot where old Mr. Chronicle lived and his brave son, William, was brought up." The universal testimony of all who knew Major Chronicle represented him as the constant,never-tiring advocate of liberty, and as exerting a powerful influence in spreading the principles of freedom throughout the whole lower portion of old Lincoln county. His jovial turn of mind and winning manners, by gaining the good will of all, greatly assisted is making successful his appeals to their patriotism, and promoting the cause of liberty in which he had so zealously embarked.

Major Chronicle's first service was performed as Captain of a company at Purysburg in South Carolina. Early in the fall of 1780, a regiment was raised in Lincoln county, over which Col. William Graham was appointed Colonel; Frederick Hambrite, Lieut. Colonel, and William Chronicle, Major. It is well known that Col. Graham, on account of severe sickness in his family, was not present at the battle of King's Mountain. The immediate command of the regiment, assisted by Col. Dickson of the county, was then gallantly assumed by these officers, and nobly did they sustain themselves by word and example, in that ever-memorable conflict. Major Chronicle was brave, perhaps to a fault, energetic in his movements, self possessed in danger, and deeply imbued with the spirit of liberty. His last words of encouragement
Major Patrick Ferguson<br>(1744–1780) image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia, circa 1775
5. Major Patrick Ferguson
(1744–1780)
in-leading a spirited charge against the enemy, were "Come on my boys, never let it be said a Fork boy run," alluding to South Fork, near which stream most of them resided.

This patriotic appeal was not given in vain. It nerved evey man for the contest. Onward his brave boys steadily moved forward, Major Chronicle in the advance, and approached within gun-shot of the British forces. Just at this time, a few sharp shooters of the enemy discharged their pieces, and retreated. The brave Chronicle fell mortally wounded, receiving a fatal ball in the breast. Almost at the same time, Capt. John Mattocks and Lieutenants William Rabb and John Boyd, also fell. Major Chronicle was only about twenty-five years old at the time of his death. The late Capt. Samuel Caldwell and his brother William, were both in this battle. William Caldwell brought home Major Chronicle's horse; his sword and spurs passed into the hands of his half brother, James McKee, and the venerated memorials are still in possession of one of his sons, who moved many years ago to Tennessee. (Source: Sketches of Western North Carolina, Historical and Biographical by C.L. Hunter (1877), pgs 289-291.)
    — Submitted September 11, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
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