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

Backcountry Courthouse

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

 
 
Backcountry Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2006
1. Backcountry Courthouse Marker
This location, site of the courthouse at the time of the battle, was the position of the American Third Line of Defense manned by the hardened regulars of the Continental Army.
Inscription. To Cornwallis, Guilford Courthouse was not a military or strategic objective. Greene’s army was his target. After receiving intelligence that the British were marching toward the American camp, Greene switched his battle plans from attack to defense. At this point along the main road General Greene began deploying his troops.

In 1781 the county seat of Guilford served as the hub of a small farming community of about fifty English, Scots-Irish, and nearby Quakers. At the courthouse these settlers registered deeds, settled legal disputes, and were mustered into the militia.

This ground is believed to be the general area of the courthouse. Apparently there were five other small buildings in the clearing, including a jail and a tavern. In 1809 the county seat was relocated six miles south. No trace of the courthouse community remains.
 
Erected by Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 36° 8.041′ N, 79° 50.118′ W. Marker is in Greensboro, North Carolina, in Guilford County. 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 6. Marker is in this post office area: Greensboro NC 27410, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Marker in Guilford Courthouse NMP image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2010
2. Marker in Guilford Courthouse NMP
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Costly Victory (a few steps from this marker); Liberty Oak Tree (a few steps from this marker); American Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Line Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Guilford Courthouse National Military Park (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peter Francisco / Marquis of Bretigny and Col. Wm. Washington (approx. ¼ mile away); Legend vs. Reality (approx. ¼ mile away); Death of Stewart (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 features a picture of the Continental troops, including mounted officers and artillery, marching past the courthouse.
 
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.)
Backcountry Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2010
3. Backcountry Courthouse Marker
 
 
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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 found at the Guilford Courthouse and Third Line stop on the auto tour road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 981 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 19, 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 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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