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  1. Charlotte Knights AAA Ballpark in Third Ward

    It all looks very good to me. I think the main logo is absolutely brilliant. Never expected anything like this. As most probably know, there have been numerous minor league teams in the past that achieved national popularity because of some unusual new nickname. Don't know if the Knights have any way to duplicate that, but this new logo and color scheme should be very popular locally.
  2. Charlotte Hornets and the Arena

    Hornets name change already paying big dividends. I think it's about what many of us expected would happen.
  3. Charlotte Knights AAA Ballpark in Third Ward

    I'm glad to see that Charlotte is bidding for the 2015 ACC Baseball Tournament. It isn't as big as the basketball tournament, but it has become a pretty big deal as the ACC is now generally considered the best baseball conference in the country. It is hard to see why they wouldn't have a excellent chance to get it. Concerning the announcement about the opening date for the new ballpark, I hope that doesn't preclude them from scheduling an exhibition game with their parent team, the Chicago White Sox, near the end of spring training. It would seem somewhat surprising if they didn't do that. Those types of exhibitions are pretty common even when a team isn't unveiling a new ballpark. How bout an Atlanta Braves vs Chicago White Sox exhibition in uptown Charlotte? The Braves would probably consider it because of their huge fan base in the Southeast. A recent edition of the Charlotte Business Journal had some real good articles about the new ballpark that have just now become fully available to non subscribers. I've included the links below. Of course, no discussion about the Knights ballpark would be complete without a quote from our old buddy, Jerry Reese: Asked this week for his thoughts on the potential impact of the minor-league stadium, Reese answered, “You reap what you sow.” Uptown Site Gives Ballpark New Dimension Third Ward In Play Ballpark Reshaping Franchise
  4. Good Article on Graham St. Namesake

    I meant to mention earlier that the author of the Graham article, Scott Syfert, is one of the members of the May 20th Society that has done such a good job promoting Charlotte's history including projects like the Trail of History and the Charlotte Liberty Walk. Speaking of the Liberty Walk, they've recently added a new monument honoring Mec Dec and the Resolves at the uptown Square(pictured below). The fact that so many have never heard of General Graham is a good indication that there is a need for what they do. I'm a lifetime Charlottean, but I had never heard of Graham until about 10 years ago. I also wasn't aware until recently that Charlotte founder, Thomas Polk, played an instrumental role in saving the Liberty Bell. Speaking of Joseph Graham, his brother George Graham was another of the heroic figures from that period in Charlotte history. He was involved in the Battle of Mcintyres Farm that helped Charlotte get its nickname as the Hornets Nest. George Graham is buried uptown in Old Settlers's Cemetery.
  5. Good Article on Graham St. Namesake

    Graham deserves to be better known in modern day Charlotte, at least for those who have an interest in local history. He is probably the one historical figure that could rival, maybe even surpass Captain Jack for dramatic effect. At 15 years old, Graham witnessed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence as a spectator in the crowd and in later years gave one of the most important eyewitness testimonials. Just a few years later, he almost died and endured an unimaginable ordeal defending that same ground. As the article mentions, Graham was brutally butchered and carried the visible scars of the ordeal for the rest of his life. The part about the young woman, Susan Alexander, finding him and saving his life is another thing that makes it a great story. Amazingly enough, just two months later, Graham was fighting Cornwallis again in the other local Revolutionary War battle: The Battle of Cowans Ford. He lived an remarkable life and, fortunately, he was a very prolific writer who wrote extensively about the people and events of the day, many of which he witnessed in person. For those who have more than just a casual interest, I would highly recommend this link from Google Books. "Charlotte Journal Dec. 2, 1836 A REVOLUTIONARY HERO GONE! Died, at his residence in Lincoln County, on the 12th ult., MAJOR GENERAL JOSEPH GRAHAM, aged 77 years. GEN. GRAHAM was born in Pennyslvania, October 13th, 1759. His mother, being left a widow with five small children and slender means to support them, removed to North Carolina when he was about seven years of age and settled in the vicinity of Charlotte. He received the principal part of his education at an academy then taught in Charlotte, and was distinguished among his fellow students for talents, industry, and the most manly and conciliating deportment. His thirst for knowledge led him, at an early period, to become well acquainted with all those interesting events which preceded and prepared him for our Revolution Struggle. He was present in Charlotte on the 20th of May, 1775, when the first Declaration of Independence was formally and publically made. The deep impression made upon his mind by the solemn and illustrious decisions of that day, gave good evidence that he was then preparing for the noble stand which he took during the war. He enlisted in the Army of the United States in the month of May, 1778, at the age of 19 years. He served in the Fourth Regiment of North Carolina under COL. ARCHIBALD LYTLE and acted as an officer in CAPT. GOODEN'S Company. The troops to which he was attached were ordered to rendezvous at Bladensburg in Maryland. Having proceded as far as Caswell County, they received intelligence of the battle of Monmouth, and that the British having gone to New York, their services would not be needed. He returned home on furlough. He was again called into service on the 5th of Nov., 1778, and marched under the command of GENERAL RUTHERFORD of Purrysburg, on the Savannah river, soon after the defeat of GENERAL ASHE at Brier Creek. He was with the troops under GENERAL LINCOLN in the trying and painful struggles agains GENERAL PROVOST, and fought in the Battle of Stono on the 28th of June, 1778, which lasted an hour and 20 minutes. During nearly the whole campaign, he acted as Quarter Master. In July, 1779, he was taken with fever, and after two months severe illness was discharged near Dorchester and returned home.j After recovering from the affects of sickness and privation, he aided his mother in the support of her family and was ploughing in her field when he received intelligence of the surrender of Charleston, and that the British had defeated COL. BUFORD of the Waxhaw, and were within 40 miles of Charlotte. Instead of being deterred by the sufferings of the previous campaign, or the perils of that alarming moment, he removed at once to leave the plough, and enter the Army. He was immediately appointed Adjutant of the Mecklenburg Regiment, and spent the summer with them in opposing and assailling the troops of LORD ROWDON. When it was understood that the British were marching to Charlotte, he was commanded by GEN. DAVIDSON to repair to that place and take command of such force as should collect there, and to join COL. DAVIS. The British Army entered Charlotte the 26th of Sept. 1780. GEN. GRAHAM was assigned the command of his troops which sustained the retreat of GEN. DAVIS, and opposed TARLETON'S Cavalry and a Regiment of Infantry for four miles on the road leading to Salisbury. After a long and well directed fire upon the British from the Courthouse to the Gum Tree, GEN. GRAHAM retreated with the men under his command and formed on the plantation now owned by JOSEPH McCONNAUGHEY, ESQ. and again attacked their advancing column of infantry. There his life was providentially preserved from the bursting of a gun fired by the soldier who stood at his side, and whose arm was wounded. After again retreating, he formed on the hill where Sugar Creek Church now stands. There owing to the impudent, but honest, zeal of a MAJOR WHITE, they were detained too long, for by the time they reached the Cross Roads, a party of British Dragoons were coming up the road, heading from CAPT. KENNEDY'S, and after close pursuit for nearly two miles overtook them. COL. FRANCIS LOCKE of Rowan County, an intelligent and brave officer, was killed upon the margin of a small pond, now to been at the end of MR. ALEX. KENNEDY'S LANE. Between the spotand where MR. JAMES A. HOUSTON livesm, GEN. GRAHAM was cut down and severely wounded. He received nine wounds, six with the sabre and three with lead. His life was again narrowly and mercifully preserved by a large stock buckle, which broke the violence of the stroke, which to human view, must otherwise have proved fatal. He received four deep gashes of the sabre over his head and one in his side and three balls were afterwards removed from his body. After being much exhausted by loss of blood, he reached the home of MRS. SUSANNAH ALEXANDER, who yet lives near the same place, where he was kindly nursed and watched during the night, and his wounds dressed as well as circumstances would permit. The next day, he reached his Mother's, where MAJOR BOSTWICK now lives. From that, he was taken to the hospital, and was two months recovering. Thus, at the tender age of 21 year, we see this gallant officer leading a band of brave men as ever faced a foe, to guard the ground consecrated by the Declaration of American Independence, and when the foot of tyranny was treading on it, and assistance proved unsuccessful, leaving his blood as the best memorial of a righteous cause, and of true heroism in its defence. While the whole country was in distress, its property pillaged, its houses forsaken, and its defenseless inhabitants flying from the shock of arms, a few noble sons of Mecklenburg compelled LORD CORNWALLIS to designante Charlotte as the "Hornet's Nest" of America. As soon as he recovered from his wounds, he again entered the service of his country. GEN. WILLIAM L. DAVIDSON, who had command of all the militia in the Western counties of North Carolina, applied to him such rank as the number of men raised would justify. It proved not only his energy of purpose, but great influence, that, at that difficult and hazardous period, he could raise a company of 55 men in two weeks. They were mounted riflemen, armed also with swords, and some with pistols. They suppllied themselves with horses, procured their own equipments and entered the field, without commissary or quartermaster, and with every prospect of hard fighting and little compensation. After TARLETON'S signal defeat at the Cowpens, CORWALLIS resolved to pursue GEN. MORGAN. At that time GENERAL GREENE had received the command of the Southern Army and had stationed himself at Hick's Creek, on the North side of the Peedee, near to Cheraw. After MORGAN'S victory and successful retreat, GEN. GREENE left his main army with GEN. HUGER, and rode 150 miles to join MORGAN'S detachment. The plan of opposing LORD CORNWALLIS in crossing the Catawba River was arranged by GEN. GREENE,and his execution assigned to GEN. DAVIDSON. Feints of passing were made at different places, but the real attempt was made at Cowan's Ford. Soon after the action commenced, GEN. WM. L. DAVIDSON was killed, greatly lamented by all who knew him as a talented, brave and generous officer. The company commanded by GEN. GRAHAM was the first to commence the attack on the British, as they advanced through the river, which was resolutely continued until they reached the bank, loaded their arms, and commenced a heavy fire upon his men, two of whom were killed. It was supposed that GEN DAVIDSON was killed by a Tory, who was pilot to the British in crossing the river, as he was shot with a small rifle ball. COL. WM. POLK and REV. MR. McCALL were near to him when he fell. His body was found that night and buried in the present graveyard of Hopewell Church. The North Carolina Militia was then placed under the command of GEN. PICKENS of South Carolina, and continued to pursue the British as they advanced toward Virginia. GEN GRAHAM with his company and some troops from Rowan County, surprised and captured a guard at Hart's Mill, one and a half miles from Hillsboro, where the British Army then lay, and the same day were united to COL. LEE'S forces. On the next day, he was in action under COL. PICKENS with COL PYLES, who commanded 350 Tories on their way to join TARLETON. These Tories supposed the Whigs to be a Company of British Troops sent for their protection and commenced crying, "God Save the King." TARLETON was about a mile from that place, and retreated to Hillsboro'. Shortly afterward, GEN. GRAHAM was in an engagement at Clapp's Mill, on the Alamance and had two of his company killed, three woounded and two taken prisoners. A few days afterwards, he was in action at Whitsell's Mill under the command of COL. WASHINGTON. As the time for which his men had engaged expired, and the country annoyed by Tories, GEN. GREENE directed him to return with his company and keep them in a compact body until they crossed the Yadkin, which they did March 14, 1781. After the battle at Guilford, the British retired to Wilmington and but little military service was performed in North Carolina during the summer of 1781. After the first of November, COL. FANNING surprised Hillsboro' and took GEN. BURKE prisoner. GEN. RUTHERFORD, who had been taken prison at GATES' defeat and with many other distinguised citizens had been confined in custody, was dischared and returned home about his time. -- He immediately gave orders to GEN. GRAHAM, in whose military prowess and general influence he had the utmost confidence, to raise a troop of calvary in Mecklenburg. Three troops of Dragoons and about 200 mounted Infantry were raised and formed into a Legion, of which ROBERT SMITH ESQ., who had been a Captain in the North Carolina Line was appointed Colonel, and GEN. GRAHAM was appointed Major. They forthwith commenced their march towards Wilmington -- South of Fayetteville, with 96 Dragoons and 40 mounted infantry, GEN. GRAHAM made a gallant and successful attack upon a body of Tories, commanded by the noted Tory COLONELS McNEIL , RAY, GRAHAM, and McDOUGAL. This action took place near McFall's mill, on the Raft Swamp, in which the Tories were signally defeated, their leaders dispersed in dismay and their cause greatly injured. That 136 Whigs should attack and triumphantly defeat 600 Tories, headed by four Colonels, reflects great honor upon the bravery and intelligence of their youthful leader. A short time afterwards, he commanded one Troop of Dragoons and two of mounted infantry, in surprising and defeating a band of Tories on MR. ALFRED MOORE'S plantation, opposite to Wilmington. On the next day, he led the Troops in person, which made a resolute attack on the British garrison near the same place. Shortly afterwards, he commanded three companies in defeating the celebrated COL. GAYNY, near Waccomaw lake. Shortly afterr this, the war was terminated in the South by the surrender of LORD CONWALLIS at Yorktown in Virginia. This campaign closed COL. GRAHAM'S services in the Revolutionary War, having commanded in 15 engagements with a dgree of courage, wisdom, calmness and success, surpassed, perhaps, by no officer of the same rank. Hundreds who served under under him have delighted in testifying to the upright, faithful, prudent, and undaunted manner in which he discharged the duties of his trying and responsible station. After the close of the War, he was elected first Sheriff of Mecklenburg County, and gave great satisfaction by the faithful and exemplary performance of the duties of that office. He was afterwards, for a number of years, a prominent member of the General Assembly from the same County. About the year 1787, he was married to the second daughter of MAJ. JOHN DAVIDSON. By this marriage he had 12 children, seven of whom have survived him. Not long after his marriage, he removed to Lincoln County and engaged in the manufacture of Iron, and for more than 40 years before his death, conducted a large establishment with great energy and prudence. In the year 1814, when the war with the Creek Indians was raging with violence, and GENERALS JACKSON, COFFEE and CARROLL, were repelling with signal bravery, their ruthless aggressions, North Carolina determined to send 1000 men to aid the volunteers from Tennessee and Georgia in the confllict with those savages. GEN. GRAHAM'S renown as an officer, and his worth as a man, commended him as leader of the troops from this State. He received the commission of General, and was strongly solicited by the Governor of the State to accept the appointment. Although the circumstances of his family rendered his absence one of great loss and self-denial, he promptly obeyed the call of his country and marched at the head of a fine Regiment of Volunteers to the scene to the conflict. They arrived about the time the last stroke of punishment was inflicted upon the Creeks by GEN. JACKSON, at the battle of Horse Shoe; and in time to receive the submission of those they expected to conquer. Several hundred of the lower Creeks surrender to them. For many years after the last war, he was Major General of the 5th Division of the Militia of North Carolina. By the life of temperance and regular exercise, with the blessing of God, he enjoyed remarkable health and vigor of constitution. On the 13th of October, 1836, he made the following minute in his Day Book, "This day I am 77 years of age and in good health, Dei Gratis." As the disease which terminated his life was apoplexy, its paralyzing stroke was sudden and unexpected. He rode from Lincolnton on the 10th of November, and on the evening of the 12th, closed his eyes upon the cares and trials of a long and useful life."
  6. I thought this was a very good article on General Joseph Graham, written by Charlotte lawyer, Scott Syfert, who has a book coming out later this year.
  7. Charlotte Knights AAA Ballpark in Third Ward

    I'm one who does believe that Charlotte could support Major League Baseball, but it's sort of a moot point. There simply aren't any teams available right now and no plans for expansion in the foreseeable future. People can talk about the possibility of relocation, but that's a real long shot. That's why I believe Charlotte's best chance to get Major League Baseball in the future is by building this ballpark and hopefully becoming one of the national attendance leaders. If they do that, I think we'll see Charlotte quickly emerge as one of the top expansion candidates just like it used to be. When Baseball finally decides to expand agian, I think Charlotte should have a good chance to get a team, but until then, we just need to enjoy this new ballpark, which I am excited about. The main negative you often hear associated with this ballpark is the parking issue. I see this a lot first hand with older family friends, senior citizen types who are not the the type that would take the light rail. As a result, they're very negative about the uptown location and don't act as if they're planning to go to any games in the new park. That's a shame because they're typically big baseball fans who used to go to a lot of games in the old ballpark known as Crockett Park. I hope the Knights can find a way to reach out to them, maybe through group sales or special promotions. Maybe if they can go with a church group on a bus they'll be willing to go to some games. Given the new developements in recent months, it appears likely that the Bobcats will probably change their name to the Hornets. If that doesn't happen for some reason, I'd love to see the Knights take the name. As most probably know, that was the name of our minor league baseball team for the better part of a century going back to 1901 in Latta Park.
  8. Charlotte Knights AAA Ballpark in Third Ward

    This morning I was watching some show on WTVI that deals with local business topics. I forget the name of the show but Eric Spanberg is one of the regulars on the panel. For what it's worth, everyone on the panel thought the ballpark proposal would probably be approved using the tourism tax.
  9. Charlotte Knights AAA Ballpark in Third Ward

    One does have to wonder if the Mayor's comments are a bad sign. The question is, would it be a deal breaker if the extra money isn't approved? Would that be the death knell for a minor league baseball park in uptown or would the Knights still be able to move forward on their own? It seems like I remember reading that there were two different plans, one a more ambitious plan that involved a restuarant and another that maybe was a little less costly. I'll be anxious to hear what they have to say on Thursday.
  10. Charlotte Knights AAA Ballpark in Third Ward

    I hope it works out. I grew up going to minor league games in old Crocket Park and have really missed having a team here in town. Here is sort of a fun reminder of just how deep the baseball tradition goes in this town.
  11. Charlotte Greenways and Trails

    Apparently the grand opening for the urban section of the greenway, as they call it, is April 20. The greenway was very active yesterday during the middle portion of the day, especially near the Metropolitan and the newer stretch towards Target and CPCC. It was the first time I noticed the little overlook they've built next to the Duke Power building overlooking the creek, which I thought was a nice touch. I was also glad to see they have a pretty decent parking area near the Captain Jack statue.(photo below) Does anyone know what they're building at the old CPCC parking lot on Elizabeth next to the greenway?
  12. Charlotte Greenways and Trails

    T Today I got my first look, at least up close and personal, at some of the newer parts of the greenway. I'm speaking of the stretch next to Thompson's Park and on down in the area of the Captain Jack statue. I was very impressed and actually like it better than the high profile stretch on King's Drive. Even in its unfinished state, it has more nuance and there is just something about the layout that I like better. There are still unanswered questions: I have no idea if they're planning to do any landscaping on the opposite banks of the creek, which has a lot of unattractive overgrowth or exactly what they're getting ready to do with all that construction near the Captain Jack statue. - looks like they may be about to build another large fountain.
  13. Charlotte's Democratic National Convention

    Like others here, Romare Bearden Park is one of the first things I thought of when I heard the news. Given the timetable, that would seem to be one of the most realistic possibilities. If they could get started pretty quickly, it would give them, inf effect, two growing seasons for the trees and plants to get established. Fortunately, the Sugar Creek Greenway, the Midtown - CPCC part, should be well completed by then, including Elizabeth Park. Adding Romare Bearden to that would really make a nice combination.
  14. Charlotte Greenways and Trails

    Today, Gwen Cook, gave me a brief update on the Sugar Creek Greenway and the timetable going forward. As mentioned above, work has started on the Charlottetowne to Elizabeth portion. Currently, the focus is on stream restoration, but they hope to start work on the retaining walls if they can get some decent temperatures. It will go under Charlottetowne, 3rd and 4th, and the goal is to have it finished by the end of 2011. After all this time, it's hard to remember exactly what they're planning for that section of the greenway. Looking at old diagrams from the Park&Rec site, they show an amphitheatre and various fountains and pools but beyond that I'm not sure. In particular, I have no idea what they're planning for the stretch of greenway that goes behind the Target store. Of course, over the long term, the Trail of History will be a big part of it. Meanwhile, things are gradually looking better and better on the Kings Drive portion as they continue to add more and more trees and finish building various features. Based on the information above, the Charlottetowne to Elizabeth portion should really be starting to take shape by mid summer and then we should be able to get a good sense of just what type of attraction this greenway will be.
  15. Charlotte Greenways and Trails

    That's good to hear. Thanks for the info.