Natural Spring at Kings Mountain National Military Park
The Daughters of the American Revolution with the Ferguson Monument on Memorial Day, 1939. Photo Courtesy of Kings Mountain National Military Park
Colonel Hawthorne Monument located next to the U.S. Monument. Photo Courtesy of Melissa Barnett.
Colonel Asbury Monument located next to the Centennial Monument. Photo Courtesy of Melissa Barnett
Backstory and Context
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) took ownership of the battlefield in 1898 and held it until the federal government took it over 1931. The DAR is a nonprofit patriotic organization run by women to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. The rock monuments with plaques throughout the battlefield trail are placed by three local chapters of the DAR honoring men who fought here for liberty or to protect the battlefield.
Question: Who decides what or who is memorialized?
Robert M. Dunkerly, Kings Mountain Walking Tour Guide, (2003: Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Dorrance Publishing), 17.
What is DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution, https://www.dar.org/national-society/become-member/what-dar
Margaret Adams Gist, “Keepers of the Dead Who Sleep on the Hill”, Charlotte Observer, October 5, 1930.