Grave of William Campbell


The grave of William Campbell is a certified site of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. It is on private property, but respectful visitors are welcome. The grave is about 25 miles northeast of Abingdon in Seven Mile Ford at the family cemetery of Campbell's home, Aspenvale.

Campbell died in 1781 at the age of 36 on the campaign to Yorktown under the command of the Marquis de LaFayette. (He had previously led militia at the Battle of Guilford's Courthouse, where he believed his men were abandoned on the field by a premature retreat of mounted dragoons intended to support them.) Evidence suggests Campbell probably suffered a heart attack which he survived for only a few days. Decades later, the family removed the body to the family home at Seven Mile Ford.

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Aspenvale Cemetery

Photo by Randell Jones

The Grave of William Campbell is in the family cemetery at his homeplace, Aspenvale. The cemetery is a certified site of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. [View Additional File Details]

Campbell's Home monument

Photo by Randell Jones

Along Seven Mile Ford Road stands a monument commemorating the home place of Colonel William Campbell. (In this photograph, the Aspenvale cemetery can be seen in the background to the right of the monument.) [View Additional File Details]

Excerpt from "Before They Were Heroes at King's Mountain" by Randell Jones

pp 349-350 Colonel William Campbell's antagonism toward Tories was not reserved to his service at the head of a body of militia. On occasion, he chased down the scoundrels personally. In the spring of 1780, after returning from his Tory hunting excursion with Major Crockett the year before, Campbell was, on one Sunday morning, riding home with his wife, Elizabeth (a sister to Patrick Henry), and a small entourage of friends and family members including his cousin, John Campbell. They noticed a man ahead on the road approaching them on horseback. William Campbell did not know the man, but John Campbell identified him as Francis Hopkins, a notorious Tory bandit, He was a counterfeiter of treasury notes, a criminal who had escaped from jail while awaiting trial. After escaping, he then harassed the Whig citizens of Washington County, stealing their horses and intimidating them in any number of ways. Indeed, Hopkins had posted threats against Colonel Campbell on the gates of Campbell's home, Aspenvale, warning Campbell to desist this persecution of Loyalists. As was his practice and preference, Hopkins was carrying with him that day a rope halter he intended to use in stealing yet another mount from some local Whig. Copyright, 2011 Randell Jones Available at [View Additional File Details]

Ceremony at the Grave of William Campbell

Photo by Randell Jones

The OVTA gathers at the grave of Colonel William Campbell at the beginning of the annual reenactment march in September. Sometimes they are joined by members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution as shown here. [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones, A Guide to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, “Grave of William Campbell,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed January 20, 2020, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​26.​
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