Elizabethton in Carter County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Carter County Veterans Monument
who made the powder that
fought the King’s M’T’N’ Battle
placed by her great grand son.
Built in honor of all
soldiers of Carter County in all the wars from the revolution
down to this date, 1912, by Building Committee
D.P. Wilcox • 1st Lieut. Co. H. 2nd Tenn. Vol. Inft. War 1861
G.W. Emmert • 1st Lieut. Co. H. 13th Tenn. Vol. Cavl.
J.G. Burchfield • Corp. Co. G. 13th. Tenn. Vol. Cavl.
E.C. Cass • 1st Sargt. Spanish American War
C.R. Hathaway • Corp. Co. D. 3. Tenn. Vol. Inft. Spanish American War
Erected 1912 by T.Y. Patton, and Building Committee.
Topics. This monument and memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, Spanish-American • War, US Civil • War, US Revolutionary • Women. A significant historical date for this entry is October 7, 1780.
Location. 36° 20.919′ N, 82° 12.632′ W. Marker is in Elizabethton, Tennessee, in Carter County. Memorial is at the intersection of North Main Street and East Elk Avenue, in the median on Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elizabethton TN 37643, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Watauga Old Fields (a few steps from this marker); Samuel P. Carter (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Powhatan Carter (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Court West of the Alleghenies (about 600 feet away); Covered Bridge (about 700 feet away); Carter County's Train History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Post Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); Duffield Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elizabethton.
Also see . . .
1. Gunpowder Mary. A large black kettle is one of the prized artifacts of the Massengill Museum of Overmountain History at Rocky Mount, Tennessee. Mary McKeehan Patton used it in the manufacture of black powder, gunpowder that was vital to the success of the American soldiers in the decisive Battle of King’s Mountain on October 7, 1780. This resourceful woman is one of the unsung heroines of the American Revolution. (Submitted on June 22, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Mary Patton - Undisputed Revolutionary War Hero. As a child, Patton served an apprenticeship under her father, David McKeehan, and learned the art of making gunpowder. The McKeehan family emigrated from England to Pennsylvania in the late 1760s. In Pennsylvania, Patton married a man who also worked to manufacture black powder and the two set up their own business. They were afraid with tensions rising the British would try to seize their mill, so they moved to the Overmountain region that eventually became Carter County. Patton once again set up shop to mill black powder. It was her gun powder that supplied the Overmountain Men in their victory at Kings Mountain. (Submitted on June 22, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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