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Greensboro in Guilford County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sustained Firefight

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

 
 
Sustained Firefight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2006
1. Sustained Firefight Marker
Inscription. After swiftly rolling over the American first line, the British met unexpected resistance here. Greene had posted the second line in the woods astride New Garden Road, and the Patriots held a strong position along the high ground just ahead. Firing from behind thick trunks of the ancient forest, Virginia militia exchanged heavy fire with advancing British infantry.

The trees and undergrowth made it impossible to maintain the disciplined formations of classic 18th-century warfare. At this point the single wave of the British assault broke into a series of separate engagements, with clusters of troops trading shots with other small units. After an extended firefight, the redcoats were able to regroup despite costly losses and break through toward the American third line – the tough, well-trained Continentals.
 
Erected by Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 36° 7.825′ N, 79° 50.64′ W. Marker is in Greensboro, North Carolina, in Guilford County. Marker is on Tour Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, on the Auto Tour at stop 3. Marker is in this post office area: Greensboro NC 27410, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Marker on Guilford Courthouse Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2006
2. Marker on Guilford Courthouse Battlefield
Two brigades of Virginia militia were waiting here for the British troops that broke through the American First Line of Defense. After a prolonged stand, the line was finally broken and the militia fell back to the third and final line.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Second Line Trail (here, next to this marker); Lieut. Col. “Hal.” Dixon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Penn (about 600 feet away); Signers Monument (about 600 feet away); William Hooper (about 600 feet away); Signers of the Declaration (about 600 feet away); Nathanael Greene (about 700 feet away); Mrs. Martha McFarlane McGee-Bell (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Greensboro.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a picture of a Continental soldier and militiamen behind a rail fence firing at advancing British troops. The upper right corner of the marker contains a map with the caption “A British engineer drew this detailed map shortly after the battle. It clearly shows the pattern of the terrain: many acres of dense woods, with a few cleared fields.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. National Park Service. (Submitted on September 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Battle of Guilford Courthouse. Detailed account of the battle from the Patriot Resource. (Submitted on September 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. The Battle of Guilford Courthouse 1781
Sustained Firefight Marker at Tour Stop #3 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2010
3. Sustained Firefight Marker at Tour Stop #3
The Sustained Firefight Marker is located at stop # 3 along the auto tour road in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.
. An account of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse from a British perspective from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on September 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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Sustained Firefight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2010
4. Sustained Firefight Marker
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2006
5. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
The marker is located on the auto tour road in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.
 
 
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