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Source: Macon Monument

  • Monument Name

    Nathaniel Macon, Guilford Courthouse

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • Creator

    “Messrs.” Woodruffe, Supplier

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    This monument consists of a rough granite boulder with a bronze tablet bearing the inscription. It stands approximately 5-feet tall.

    Images (courtesy of Natasha Smith): Bronze tablet

  • Inscription

    NATHANIEL MACON / WILLED THAT HIS MEMORIAL SHOULD / CONSIST ONLY OF RUDE STONES. / HERE THEY ARE.

  • Custodian

    Guilford Battleground Company

  • Dedication Date

    July 4, 1902

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.131790 , -79.847310 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Inventory Form - Guilford Courthouse National Military Park," National Register of Historic Places, (accessed February 6, 2012) Link

      "The Battle Ground Company," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), September 1, 1902, 1-2 Link

      "The Fourth at Guilford Battle Ground," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), July 9, 1902, 1 Link

      Baker, Thomas E. and Michael H. White. The Monuments at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, North Carolina, (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Courthouse NMP, 1991)

      Grimes, J. Bryan. "Why North Carolina Should Erect and Preserve Memorials and Mark Historic Places: Address Before the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, Raleigh, N.C., November 4, 1909," ([Raleigh, NC: The News and Observer, 1909]), (accessed May 18, 2012) Link

      Nathaniel Macon Letters, #1246-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Link

      Photograph [mislabeled], in the North Carolina County Photographic Collection #P0001, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Link

      Pittman, Thomas. Nathaniel Macon, (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Battle Ground Company, 1902), (accessed February 6, 2012) Link

      Van Noppen, Addie. The Battle Field of Guilford Court House, (Greensboro, NC: Jos. J. Stone & Company, 1927), (accessed February 6, 2012) Link

      Wilson, Clyde. 1991. “Macon, Nathaniel,” NCPedia.org, (accessed February 26, 2018) Link

      “Nathaniel Macon,” Henderson Gold Leaf (Henderson, NC), July 10, 1902

      “Nathaniel Macon,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed February 26, 2018) Link

      “To Rear a Cenotaph to Macon,” The North Carolinian (Raleigh, NC), May 20, 1902

      “To the Memory of Nathaniel Macon,” The Farmer and Mechanic (Raleigh, NC), July 8, 1902

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite and bronze

  • Sponsors

    Judge David Schenck

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Two monuments were dedicated on the same day, one to Macon and the other to Kerenhappuch Turner. The day’s featured oration was by Thomas M. Pitman on the life of North Carolina patriot and statesman Nathaniel Macon. G.S. Bradshaw gave a speech on Turner. U.S. Representative and later NC Governor W.W. Kitchin arrived late for the dedication but gave a speech during a dinner held later in the evening

  • Location

    Marker is in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park on the Monument Row walking trail, just north of the Visitor Center.

  • Landscape

    The memorial is surrounded by mature trees of the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

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