Major William Chronicle Marker
On July 4, 1815, Dr. William McLean, who served with Major General Nathanael Greene in South Carolina during the Revolutionary War, and other local citizens gathered to re-bury the scattered bones. The marker honors patriot Major William Chronicle who died in this area just after shouting “Face the Hill!” to his troops. The reverse side marks the defeat and death of Major Patrick Ferguson, the loyalist commander. This is the second oldest Revolutionary War memorial in the nation, second only to a monument at Lexington and Concord established in 1799.
Backstory and Context
In 1914 the Kings Mountain Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution erected the monument to the right. The original monument had suffered from vandalism and age.
Robert W. Blythe, Maureen A. Carroll, Steven H. Moffson, Kings Mountain National Military Park: Historic Resource Study, (Washington DC: Cultural Resources Planning Division, National Park Service, 1995), 53-54, 60.
National Register of Historic Places Inventory Form: Lexington Green https://npgallery.nps.gov/NRHP/GetAsset/NHLS/66000767_text
Historical Handbook Number Twenty-Two, (Washington D.C.: Governmental Printing Office, National Park Service, 1995). https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/hh/22/hh22toc.htm