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Joseph Graham enlisted as a Private in the 4th Regt. NC, Continental Line. While at Bladensburg, Maryland, and hearing of the Battle of Monmouth on June 11, the 4th NC was sent south in late 1778 to meet the British threat in Georgia and South Carolina. He later served as Adjutant, Captain, and then Major in command of the Mecklenburg Country Dragoons from 1779-1781. Graham and his men fought in 15 engagements across North Carolina and in South Carolina during the American Revolution. He served as a Brigadier General with the North Carolina militia in General Andrew Jackson's "Creek Indian Campaign" during the War of 1812. Afterward, he was Major General of the 5th Division, North Carolina Militia. Graham Street, a major thoroughfare in Charlotte, is named in his honor. He is an ancestor of the Rev. Billy Graham.
Alexander Brevard served as Ensign in the 4th North Carolina, and later First Lieutenant in the 1st North Carolina, Continental Line, from 1776-1778, until ill health while at Valley Forge forced him to return to North Carolina. He served as Captain of the 1st North Carolina and Quartermaster to Gen. Gates, participating in the battles of Camden and Eutaw Springs, where he was cited for gallantry. Brevard had a total of 84 months of Continental service, and was an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati.
Both men were leaders of iron manufacturing in Lincoln County after the Revolution, partnering with their father in law, Major John Davidson, a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.
Grave Marking and Highway Marker Dedication
Patriot Jacob Plonk II
Sponsored by: Mecklenburg Chapter, NCSSAR, and Lincoln County Historical Association