It has come to my attention that at the Spencer Board Meeting of Aug. 3 to consider the proposed conditional use permit for a racing complex, Mr. Dave Risdon repeatedly said that one of the speakers, Ms. Brownlee, had failed to prove that there had ever been a battle on the site in question.
I would think that Mr. Risdon would have had the good sense to research the issue. I would like to provide the following documentation excerpts, part of which was from the Salisbury newspaper at the time in question.
The fortifications were said to have been laid out "by a Lieut. Beauregard, a nephew of the late general." Originally known as Camp Yadkin, over the years they have been called Fort Beauregard, Fort York, and York Hill.
"General [Zebulon] York of Louisiana, with ten or twelve hundred men -- Home Guards and 'Galvanized' Irish --defended the bridge. C.D. Simmerson's eye-witness account numbers the Confederate troops at 10,000. According to Simmerson, Captain Frank Smith, of Alabama, and Capt. Henry Clement commanded Confederate troops at the fort. Two of the biggest Confederate cannons had been placed to control the approaches to the railroad bridge, Mr. Simmerson said, and these big guns mowed down trees on the Rowan side of the river...." (Please note that "the Rowan side of the river" is where the proposed race course is being considered)
The two forces were fairly evenly matched in number and firepower. But the Confederates held the advantage of position and fortification. The earthworks of Camp Yadkin stood the test and provided the Confederates with their last victory in North Carolina."
I say to Mr. Risdon and the Spencer Board that if this complex is allowed to proceed, all of us in the Rowan and Davidson County will lose much more than we will gain.
-- Walter Wilson