General William Lee Davidson's Pistol
William Lee Davidson's Death
by Dave Teague
To the Memory of
GENERAL WILLIAM LEE DAVIDSON
of Mecklenburg County N. C.
Born in 1746, youngest son of George Davidson
of Lancaster, PA, who moved to Mecklenburg Co.
North Carolina, in 1750.
Major 4th Rec. North Carolina Troops.
Severely wounded at Calson's Mill.
He was promoted for bravery
to the rank of Brigadier-
With 300 men opposing Cornwallis and troops
he was killed at Battle of Cowan's Ford
February 1, 1781.
The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution 1920.
by Dave Teague
Gen. Davidson rallied several hundred patriots to battle them (Cornwallis’ Army) at Cowans Ford, slowing the British while American forces retreated to Guilford Courthouse. The battle that the Americans and British fought there a month later weakened the Redcoats and hastened their surrender.
At the conclusion of the Battle of Cowans Ford, searchers found Gen. Davidson's dead body stripped naked by the British. His friends and wife buried him hastily by torchlight five miles away at Hopewell Presbyterian Church on Beatties Ford Road, intending to hide the body from British troops who may have sought it for further desecration at his home church, Centre Presbyterian Church.
General Davidson is one of those figures who's larger than life today because of his 100 percent commitment to the patriotic cause. It was Gen. Cornwallis who nicknamed this area '”The Hornet's Nest” because of the fierce resistance of the local partisans. Though General Davidson and others didn't stop the British advance, they stung the British repeatedly, and the small engagements had a significant cumulative effect."
Russell Snapp, an associate professor of history at Davidson College
The Battle of Cowan's Ford
Ural Hill Plantation -
General William Lee Davidson's Grave
William Lee Davidson