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

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Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

 
 
Expanding Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2006
1. Expanding Battle Marker
Inscription. This monument honors Maj. Joseph Winston and the Surry County rifleman who fought stubbornly beside William Campbell and “Light-Horse Harry” Lee. During the fierce struggle with British regiments, Lee’s Legion veered southeast of the American second line, with a large contingent of enemy troops in pursuit.

You are looking in the direction of that separate engagement, but the fighting actually occurred a half-mile to the south, well beyond the present-day park boundary. The Battle of Guilford Courthouse was far more sprawling than the tour road and boundaries indicate.
 
Erected by Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 36° 7.805′ N, 79° 50.41′ W. Marker is in Greensboro, North Carolina, in Guilford County. Marker is on Tour Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, on the Auto Tour at stop 4. 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. Winston Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Legend vs. Reality (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sustained Firefight
Marker at Guilford Courthouse NMP image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2010
2. Marker at Guilford Courthouse NMP
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Peter Francisco / Marquis of Bretigny and Col. Wm. Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Line Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Death of Stewart (approx. ¼ mile away); Guilford Courthouse National Military Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lieut. Col. “Hal.” Dixon (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greensboro.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a picture of American soldiers and militiamen retreating from the green-uniformed British Calvary. It includes a caption of “As the battle around the courthouse waned, heavy firing was heard to the south. Cornwallis dispatched Tarleton’s dragoons to investigate. After Lee left them, the American militia, with no protection against cavalry, had to flee.”

The top of the marker features portraits of Maj. Joseph Winston and Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton. The caption below Winston’s picture is “Maj. Joseph Winston (above) and fellow soldier, Jesse Franklin, were reburied here in 1906 near the monument to Winston and his Surry County militia.”
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By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2010
3. Expanding Battle Marker
Tarleton’s caption reads “Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton (above), British cavalry officer, was known as ‘Bloody Tarleton’ because his troops on more than one occasion had slaughtered surrendering rebel soldiers.”
 
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. The Battle of Guilford Courthouse. The American Revolutionary War website. (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.) 
 
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Marker and the Winston Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2006
4. Marker and the Winston Monument
Winston Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2006
5. Winston Monument
This monument honors Maj. Joseph Winston and his Surry County militia who fought on the American left. The figure atop the monument depicts Winston waving his troops into battle against the British cavalry.
Closeup of Winston image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2006
6. Closeup of Winston
Winston & Franklin Graves image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2006
7. Winston & Franklin Graves
Maj. Joseph Winston and Capt. Jesse Franklin led the Surry County Riflemen against the Hessians and Tarleton's dragoons in the last action of the battle. Both men were later prominent in North Carolina politics, with Franklin serving as Governor and Winston as a member of Congress. Their remains were moved to this location near the marker many years after the battle.
Tarleton on the Field image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 14, 2015
8. Tarleton on the Field
Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton and his dragoons support the British Guards during the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.
 
 
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 923 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   8. submitted on March 17, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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