Because Beattie’s Ford lies beneath the waters of Lake Norman today, as do other fords noted in historic records, Cowan’s Ford serves as an accessible proxy for Beattie’s Ford today and the easiest means to cross from the east to the west side of the Catawba River at the south end of Lake Norman. Although access is restricted to the actual site of Cowan’s Ford because of its proximity to Cowans Ford Dam and McGuire Nuclear Station, two informative historical markers are nearby. The site of the Battle of Cowan’s Ford was on the north (upstream) side of the island in the Catawba River just below the dam.
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Randell Jones (www.danielboonefootsteps.com), “Cowan's Ford,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed August 14, 2018, http://bythewaywebf.webfactional.com/omvt/items/show/67.