Greensboro in Guilford County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The British Perspective
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
As a British soldier, you are far more disciplined and experienced in battle than the rag-tag militia. Here at Guilford Courthouse your troops are outnumbered by more than two to one, but hunger and exhaustion seem greater enemies. This is foreign soil and hundreds of miles away from resupply and reinforcement.
A battalion of British Guards sweeps across this ground from right to left to assault the American third line. By this stage in the fighting, the Guards have momentum but their ranks have been thinned, While Continentals, the Americans’ toughest troops, hold the high ground, the British soldiers are professionals and step forward with grim confidence.
The small monument in the middle of the field commemorates the death of a talented officer, Lt. Col. James Stewart of the Second Foot Guards.
Erected by Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 36° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greensboro NC 27410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Regulars’ Monument (here, next to this marker); 1st Virginia Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); Hon. Lieut. Colonel Stuart (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Death of Stewart (about 500 feet away); Maryland Monument (about 600 feet away); Delaware Monument (about 600 feet away); Delaware Continentals (about 700 feet away); Peter Francisco / Marquis of Bretigny and Col. Wm. Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greensboro.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a picture of British troops going into battle. It has a caption of “During the 2˝ hour battle, 29 of the 100 British officers were killed or wounded. Their troops were able to capture the ground, but were too depleted to destroy the American army.”
Two portraits appear on the left of the marker: General Charles O’Hara and Charles, Lord Cornwallis. The captions are “General Charles O’Hara was wounded twice during the battle, but survived. His younger brother James, an artillery officer, was killed in the action.” and “The British commander, Charles, Lord Cornwallis, lost many valuable officers during the battle.”
Also see . . .
1. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. National Park Service. (Submitted on September 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Guilford Courthouse. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on September 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, 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 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,010 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 2. submitted on March 17, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 3, 4. submitted on August 1, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 5, 6. submitted on September 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.