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  • Monument Name

    Battle of Guilford Courthouse Monument [Removed], Guilford Courthouse

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    This step pyramid topped with a cannonball was one of the first monuments at the site of the Guilford Courthouse. It was removed in 1937. The monument was 2 feet wide and 9 feet high.

  • Inscription

    GUILFORD BATTLE GROUND, THURSDAY, MARCH THE 15TH, 1781

  • Custodian

    Guilford Battle Ground Company

  • Dedication Date

    May 1888

  • Decade

    1880s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.132460 , -79.845410 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Arrangement for the Big Celebration at the Battle Ground," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), June 17, 1903, 1 Link

      "Guilford: The Only Revolutionary Battlefield Now a National Park," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), July 7, 1909, 1-3 Link

      "Patriots Today Will Gather on Historic Grounds of Battle," Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), July 4, 1912 Link

      "Regulars For Guilford," Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), June 28, 1912, 1 Link

      "The Battle Ground Celebration," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), July 5, 1905, 6 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

      "The Glorious Fourth," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), July 1, 1901, 1 Link

      "Two Big Celebrations," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), June 30, 1903, 1 Link

      A Memorial Volume of the Guilford Battle Ground Company, (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Battleground Company, 1893), 1-27, (accessed February 8, 2012) Link

      Banks, Howard O. "Report of Howard O. Banks to the 'Charlotte Observer' of the Celebration at Guilford Battle Ground, July 4th, 1893," (accessed May 16, 2012) Link

      Douglas, Robert M. Address of Robert M. Douglas, A.M. LL.D., Upon the Life and Character of Governor Alexander Martin, Delivered at the Annual Celebration of the Battle of Guilford Court House, July 4, 1898, (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Battle Ground Co., 1898), (accessed May 15, 2012) Link

      Folder 37b in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scan 8 Link

      Folder 63c in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scan 4 Link

      G. E. Sisson, “Guilford Courthouse Battlefield National Military Park,” (Washington, DC: United States Geological Survey, 1934) Link

      Lincoln, Natalie Sumner (ed.). Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, 56 (1922), 72, (accessed May 22, 2012) Link

      Schenck, David. A Historical Address, Delivered by the Hon. David Schenck, Saturday May 5, 1888, at the Guilford Battle Ground: Subject, the Battle of Guilford Court House, Fought Thursday March 15, 1781, (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Battle Ground Co.), (accessed May 10, 2012) Link

      Vance, Zebulon. Address at the Guilford Battle Ground, May 4, 1889, (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Battle Ground Company, 1889), (accessed February 6, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Monument Cost

    The stone was donated from a quarry and the labor used was provided by prisoners.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The monument was dedicated by Governor A.M. Scales.

  • Nickname

    Cannonball Monument

  • Landscape

    The monument was placed in the center of the battlefield. The proximity to the train station that brought visitors to the site was the most important factor in the selection of this location. The monument was removed and the location of the monument is now overgrown.

  • Former Locations

    Removed in 1937.

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