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

Fragmented Attack

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2006
1. Fragmented Attack Marker
After the American First Line of Defense was breached by the attacking British troops, some of the North Carolina militiamen joined "Light Horse Harry" Lee and William Campbell as they fell back to this point. They were pursued by two of Cornwallis' regiments.
Inscription. Among these trees you may find it difficult to stay oriented to the battlefield. The combatants faced the same problem. Stationed here on the left flank of the American First Line, Lt. Col. Henry Lee and his legion of cavalry and infantry had orders to withdraw and support the second line after the first line gave way. Disoriented by the thick woods and chase of battle, Lee’s forces veered southeast and missed the left flank of the second line.

This confusion had serious consequences for both armies. A large contingent of redcoats and Hessians split off from the main British advance and pursued Lee’s Legion in a separate running battle. That action fragmented the British attack. Both sides’ battle plans began to unravel.

“The country in general presented a wilderness, covered with tall woods, which were rendered intricate by shrubs and thick underbrush, but which was interspersed here and there, by a few scattered plantations and cleared fields.”
- British Annual Register for 1781

 
Erected by Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 36° 7.765′ N, 79° 50.826′ W. Marker is in Greensboro, North Carolina, in Guilford County
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By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2010
2. Fragmented Attack Marker
. Marker is on Tour Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, on the Auto Tour at stop 2. Marker is in this post office area: Greensboro NC 27410, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Local Hero (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Col. Arthur Forbis (about 300 feet away); Crown Forces at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Guilford Courthouse National Military Park (about 700 feet away); Captain James Morehead (about 700 feet away); Lieut. Col. “Hal.” Dixon (about 700 feet away); Capt. James Tate (about 800 feet away); The Battle Begins (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greensboro.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker features a picture of the wooded battlefield, below a portrait of Lt. Col. Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee (1756-1818), cavalry leader and father of Robert E. Lee. The bottom left of the marker contains a picture of a “Hessian soldier of the Von Bose regiment. These professional German soldiers were hired to fight alongside the British.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. National Park Service.
Marker in Guilford Courthouse NMP image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2010
3. Marker in Guilford Courthouse NMP
(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. 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.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2006
4. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
The marker is located in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, at Stop # 2 on the auto tour road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 985 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on September 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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