Old Growth Tree Stump at Kings Mountain National Military Park
Artist rendition of the battlefield. "Kings Mountain," Don Troiani Art
Picture of stump taken the year it was cut down. Photo courtesy of Kings Mountain National Military Park.
Backstory and Context
But looking around you can see that battlefield looks
much different today. In 1849, Lossing’s
Pictorial Fieldbook of the Revolution described an old-growth hardwood forest,
indicating the area had not been timbered. The top of the ridgeline was cleared in 1880
for the Centennial Celebration. Shortly
thereafter, periodic timbering on the land began. In 1930, the entire ridgeline and 250
adjoining acres were clear cut for the Sesquicentennial (150th) Celebration.
Question: Make your stump speech. What do you memorialize?
Susan Hart Vincent, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Cultural Landscape Report, (Atlanta, GA, Southeast Region, National Park Service, 2003), 13.
National Park Service Cultural Landscapes Inventory: Kings Mountain National Military Park, (Washington D.C., National Park Service, 2010), 45.
“All Roads Lead to Kings Mountain,” Charlotte Observer, October 5, 1930.