Colonel Benjamin Cleveland Chapter

Cleveland, TN

Colonel Benjamin Cleveland Statue

We Need Your Help...

Honoring Cleveland’s

Founding Heritage.

Our Goal is to Commission a

Sculpture for the New First Street

Park Honoring Revolutionary War

Hero Colonel Benjamin Cleveland.

Starting in 1837...

Cleveland, TN was established in 1837 as a county seat for Bradley County, which had been

created the previous year. The town was named after Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, a commander

at the Battle of Kings Mountain during the American Revolution.

About the Sculptor

Joshua Coleman resides in his hometown of Cleveland, TN with his wife Noelle, son Nehemiah, and daughter Liliana.

 He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from the Atlanta College of Art in 2001. As an artist skilled in drawing, photography, and painting, Joshua’s most passionate medium is that of sculpture and design work.

Joshua has completed large-scale sculptures both nationally and internationally. These site specific sculptures have been commissioned for hospitals, physician offices, businesses, schools, churches and non-profit organizations in order to increase business and aesthetic appeal. Many of these sculptures involve the community through collaborative design and interactive castings.

Joshua creates life-size pieces and busts from various elements including bronze, iron, aluminum, wood, stone, and found objects. Through commissioned sculpture in the public realm, he strives to capture the themes and emotions of others.

It is his goal to create interactive sculpture that everyone can enjoy.

For more information or to view Joshua Coleman’s current sculpture projects please contact him at

First Street Park

Help Us Honor This Unique Part of Our Past.

In 1838 when the Tennessee State legislature designated the Bradley County seat, they chose to honor a man of valor and courage... Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, by naming this fledgling community after him.  A Revolutionary War hero, who fought with Colonel John Sevier at the Battle of Kings Mountain in South Carolina, Colonel Cleveland exemplifies the spirit of country’s patriots, past and present.  Yet, today few are aware of his significance to the naming of Cleveland.  A key part of the mission of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is to preserve our country's historical heritage.  The Colonel Benjamin Cleveland Chapter of the SAR is seeking to fulfill this mission while honoring the founding of Cleveland by finding donors to fund a statue of Colonel Cleveland.  This statue will not only honor our city’s name sake, but also represent the patriotic values for which he and all American patriots stand.  The statue will be created by Joshua Coleman and will be donated to the City of Cleveland for placement in the new First Street Park near Five Points.

We need your help to make this dream a reality.  The projected cost of this project is $75,000. Currently we are in the early stages of our fund raising efforts and your tax deductible contribution would be a tremendous boost to our efforts.

Thank you and we hope we can count on your individual or company support?  For more information please contact Brian Webb. Phone: 423-584-2681. Email:

You may make contributions at any Bank of Cleveland branch.  Just specify the Col. Benjamin Cleveland Statue Fund on your check.  You can also make donations by completing the form in the BROCHURE or through PAYPAL on the main pageSpecial donation levels and recognitions are available for donors in the brochure:

Colonel’s Society........................$2,500

In recognition of your contribution your

name with listed on the Donor Plaque.

Major’s Society...........................$1,000

In recognition of your contribution you will

receive a Deluxe Framed Certificate acknowledging

your gift.

Captain’s Society...........................$500

In recognition of your contribution you will

receive a Certificate acknowledging your gift.

Lieutenant’s Society......................$250

In recognition of your contribution you will

listed in the Dedication Program.

Deeds of Glory

Benjamin Cleveland (1738–1806) was an American pioneer and soldier. He is best remembered

for his service as a colonel in the North Carolina militia during the Revolutionary War, and

in particular for his role in the American victory at the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780.

Early Life

Benjamin Cleveland was born on May 28, 1738 in Orange County, Virginia. His parents were John

and Elizabeth Cleveland. He moved to what later became Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1769. He

built his famous estate, called “Roundabout,” near what is today Ronda, NC. At various times, he worked as

a hunter, trapper, farmer, carpenter, and surveyor. By the time of the American Revolution in 1775, Cleveland was

probably the wealthiest and most prominent citizen in Wilkes.

Revolutionary War

At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Cleveland was appointed a colonel in the North Carolina militia.

He was elected to the North Carolina House of Commons in 1778 and to the North Carolina Senate in

1779. Until 1780, the fighting in North Carolina consisted mostly of guerilla warfare between patriots, or

those colonists who favored American independence from Britain, and Tories, or those colonists who remained

loyal to the British crown. A fierce believer in the patriot cause, Cleveland became known as the “Terror of the

Tories” for his treatment of pro-British colonists.

The Battle of Kings Mountain

In 1780, British General Lord Cornwallis led an invasion army into the Carolinas, and won several victories

over the American forces. When Major Patrick Ferguson, one of Cornwallis’s commanders, threatened to lead an

army of Tories into the North Carolina mountains to crush patriot forces in the area, a group of mountain

men from western North Carolina (including what is today Tennessee) decided to attack Ferguson’s section of

the British Army at King’s Pinnacle, an isolated ridge on the North Carolina-South Carolina border.

Cleveland played a key role in the Battle of Kings Mountain. According to legend, Cleveland climbed atop

Rendezvous Mountain in Wilkes County and blew his powder horn to summon over 200 Wilkes County militiamen

to fight in the battle. Cleveland led his men to the battlefield, and was one of the primary American commanders

in the battle.

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