Greensboro in Guilford County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Legend vs. Reality
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
Benefiting from historical information that has come to light since Schenck’s time, park historians now have a different picture of what happened here. In 1781 the cleared area was significantly larger, extending toward the courthouse. Taking advantage of the terrain, the American third line was actually a ridgeline ¼ mile east near Tour Stop 6. By focusing on historically accurate terrain, you can better follow the chaotic battle action and its implications.
Erected by Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, National Park Service.
Location. 36° 7.979′ N, 79° 50.383′ W. Marker is in Greensboro, North Carolina, in Guilford County. Marker is on Guilford Courthouse Tour Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in Guilford Courthouse National
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peter Francisco / Marquis of Bretigny and Col. Wm. Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Death of Stewart (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hon. Lieut. Colonel Stuart (about 600 feet away); 1st Virginia Cavalry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maryland Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Regulars’ Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); The British Perspective (approx. 0.2 miles away); Delaware Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Greensboro.
More about this marker. The right of the marker contains an aerial photograph of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. Indicated on the photo are the locations of the American First, Second and Third Lines, the place where Scheneck believed the Third Line to be, and the site of the Courthouse. The position of the marker is also indicated.
Two portraits appear on the left side of the marker. The first is of Lt. Col. William Washington, cousin of George Washington. The caption notes that he “led American cavalry against the British Guards at a critical moment in the battle. The Third
The discrepancy between legend and reality applies to some of the battle’s heroes. The Cavalry Monument also honors the American “giant” Peter Francisco with an inscription claiming he killed eleven of the enemy. Francisco’s own report says that he killed four.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study the marker shown.
Also see . . .
1. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. National Park Service. (Submitted on September 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Guilford Courthouse. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on September 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. The Battle of Guilford Courthouse 1781. An account of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse from a British perspective from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on September 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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