Database

Round Mountain.

Other names: Howard Gap

What: Skirmish, ?? Jun 1776, *Capt. Thomas Howard vs. Cherokee

Where: 35.2490028 -82.2748381 Howard Gap ("Round Mountain")

Maps: [map notes]

  • 35.2490028 -82.2748381, Howard Gap, best estimate for action site
  • ACME Mapper.
  • National Map
  • Google.
  • GNIS record for Howard Gap, Polk Co. NC. Note mapping options.
  • Confidence: 5 (for gap) 3 (for action)

  • 35.2451139,-82.2728936, Round Mountain Summit. GNIS site for Howard Gap is 510 yards bearing 338.
  • ACME Mapper.
  • National Map
  • Google. If you drag the little man up to the overpass over I-26, you can see street-level in close vicinity to the action site.
  • GNIS record for Round Mountain, Polk Co. NC. Note mapping options.
  • Confidence: 5 (for summit), 2 (for action)

  • Location No.1 (1909) for Round Mountain monument was in the path of I-26 construction. The monument was dismantled in the mid-1960s and stored in Columbus NC until 1977. [This decade of storage would technically be Location No. 2].

  • 35.24971, -82.27335, "Location #2" (actually #3) for Round Mountain Monument (1977 to 2007). GNIS site for Howard Gap is 171 yards bearing 240. Round Mountain summit is 560 yards bearing 175.
  • ACME Mapper.
  • National Map
  • Google. If you drag the little man up to the overpass over I-26, you can see street-level in close vicinity to the action site.
  • Confidence: 5 (for 2nd mnmt location), 2 (action)

  • 35.25221 -82.19871, Location #3 for Round Mountain Monument (2007 to present, actually its 4th location). Action site (GNIS site for Howard Gap) was approximately 4.2 miles, bearing 267
  • ACME Mapper.
  • National Map
  • Google. If you click on the picture in the middle of the map, you will be taken to street view near the current monument location (4+ miles from the action location to the west).
  • Confidence: 5 (for 3rd mnmt location), 0 (action)

Sources:
  • The revised location for monument location #2 was helpfully provided by Steve Sox, a former resident of the area.

  • Location No.3 for the "Round Mountain" monument is 107 Hampton Ct, Columbus NC "at the southeast corner of Stearns Park". Google map. Click on photo inset in map for street view.

  • Bronze plaque on monument in its current (2013) location. Note that it says that the action was northwest from the monument (no distance given). Note that the direction shown on this webpage says that the action was west of monument in its Columbus NC location.

  • Per this site, the monument has been in 3 locations since 1909 (4 if one counts it's having been dismantled and stored in Columbus NC from the mid-1960s to 1977!). This might well be a record intinerary for a RevWar action monument!

  • Cherokee Prayer Initiative
    • Historical Notes on the Cherokee People, by Linda Fulmer from Archive.org (no longer a "live" website). Captain Howard, who lived near the North Carolina border, gathered a small company of men in a blockhouse there. Led by Schuyuka, a friendly Cherokee, through an unfamiliar gap, they marched five miles unto North Carolina where warriors were encamped in a mountain gap. They surprised their enemy, and many Cherokees died in the"Battle of Round Mountain"and were buried there. The site is near present Tryon. Ref. given as: [HG] James M. Richardson, History of Greenville County South Carolina, Narrative and Biographical, 1930, 1980.
    • Cherokee Prayer Initiative, Site Guide: 699. Battle of Round Mountain, Tryon, NC Revolutionary War battle won by American Howard because they had an informant Cherokee. I-26 goes though Howard's Gap today.

  • NBBAS:One, p.113.

  • Sherman's Calendar.... Too early to be included.

  • RevWar75 RevWar75   listing for Round Mountain (Howard's Gap) 6/76. Shown as in SC, believed to be error.

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    Confidence level: 3