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

American Artillery

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, February 4, 2013
1. American Artillery Marker
Inscription.
As the Americans withdrew from the field they lost all four of their cannons to the British. Two of the six-pounder guns fired the opening shots in the battle from the center of the first line. Greene ordered them pulled back to join his other two six-pounders in the defense of the third line.

Artillery was important to both armies as supporting fire for infantry. Mostly ineffective in the heavily wooded terrain that covered much of the battlefield, cannons’ solid shot, grape, and canister were devastating to enemy troops crossing cleared ground.
 
Erected by Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 36° 8.036′ N, 79° 50.102′ W. Marker is in Greensboro, North Carolina, in Guilford County. Marker can be reached from Guilford Courthouse Tour Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is located in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, along the auto tour road at stop 6. 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. Costly Victory (a few steps from this marker); Backcountry Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty Oak Tree
American Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 4, 2013
2. American Artillery Marker
(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 “American artillery crew in action, loading a six-pounder cannon. The guns were called “six pounders” after the weight of the cannonballs they fired.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. National Park Service. (Submitted on February 5, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Guilford Courthouse. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on February 5, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. The Battle of Guilford Courthouse 1781. An account of
Marker at Guilford Courthouse NMP image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 4, 2013
3. Marker at Guilford Courthouse NMP
the Battle of Guilford Courthouse from a British perspective from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on February 5, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
American Artillery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 4, 2013
4. American Artillery
These two cannons are on display near the marker.
American Artillery at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 14, 2015
5. American Artillery at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 344 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 5, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on March 17, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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