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Dr. Farris Beasley was the guest speaker at the Oct. 18 meeting of the Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held at Shoney’s Restaurant.
Dr. Beasley spoke on the Bicentennial War of 1812 and the importance of Camp Blount and Lincoln County. Camp Blount served as the rendezvous point and mustering ground for many of the troops under Gen. Andrew Jackson during the period of late 1813-1814.
On Oct. 7, 1813, Gen. Jackson arrived in Fayetteville to take command of the Army, which included Sam Houston and David Crockett. Over 3,500 Tennessee volunteers enlisted, giving Tennessee its name, “The Volunteer State”.
In October 1913, the Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter DAR placed a monument to honor these brave soldiers. In May 2010, the chapter had the monument repaired and rededicated for the Bicentennial of Lincoln County.
The Camp Blount Monument is the only monument in the state of Tennessee for the War of 1812. The chapter is currently planning for the centennial celebration of the Camp Blount Monument to be held in October 2013.