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Lexington in Davidson County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Captain Benjamin Merrill

 
 
Captain Benjamin Merrill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2010
1. Captain Benjamin Merrill Marker
Inscription.
Sacrificed his life for the cause
of regulators. Was executed by
officials of the Crown, June 19, 1771.
Home was 8 miles south.

 
Erected 1981 by National Society Daughters of the American Revolution - Capt. Benj. Merrill Chapter.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 35° 49.461′ N, 80° 15.2′ W. Marker is in Lexington, North Carolina, in Davidson County. Marker is at the intersection of N Main Street and W Center Street, on the right when traveling south on N Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington NC 27292, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Daniel Boone and Gen. Nathanael Greene (here, next to this marker); City of Lexington (here, next to this marker); Old Davidson County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Lexington in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Our Confederate Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); The Homestead
Captain Benjamin Merrill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2010
2. Captain Benjamin Merrill Marker
In 1771, a group of backcountry farmers referred to as “Regulators”, fed up with high taxes, dishonest sheriffs and illegal fees imposed by the British Crown, rebelled against royal governor William Tryon. Tyronís militia defeated the Regulators in what was called the Battle of Alamance and sentenced six of them, including Capt. Merrill, to death.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Wm. Rainey Holt (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pilgrim Church (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Alamance. Description of the battle from the Alamance County, NC website. (Submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Lexington Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2010
3. Lexington Markers
The Captain Benjamin Merrill marker (center) is one of several located across from the Old Davidson County Courthouse.
Regulators Plaque from Alamance image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2010
4. Regulators Plaque from Alamance
This relief plaque, from a monument on the Alamance Battleground, depicts one of the Regulators (possibly Merrill) about to be executed.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,372 times since then and 94 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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