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  • Monument Name

    Hal Dixon Monument, Guilford Courthouse

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    This monument, standing nearly 5' tall, is made of a granite slab. The slanted top of the monument bears a bronze plaque.

  • Inscription

    IN MEMORIAM / LIEUT. COL. 'HAL' DIXON / OF CASWELL COUNTY, N.C. / 3RD N.C. REGIMENT, CONTINENTAL LINE / BRANDYWINE SEPT. 11TH 1777. / GERMANTOWN OCT. 4TH 1777. / MONMOUTH JUNE 20TH 1778. / STONO FERY JUNE 20TH 1779. / CAMDEN AUG. 16TH 1779. / GUILFORD COURT HOUSE MARCH 15TH 1781. / THE EMBODIMENT OF CHIVALRY / THE IDOL OF HIS SOLDIERS / THRICE WOUNDED IN BATTLE / FROM WHICH HE DIED / JULY 17TH 1782 / 1895

  • Custodian

    Guilford Battleground Company

  • Dedication Date

    February 14, 1896 (though the plaque says 1895, the unveiling occurred in 1896)

  • Decade

    1890s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.131610 , -79.845010 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 Battle Ground Affairs," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), June 1, 1903, 1-2 Link

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

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

      "Lieutenant Colonel Henry ('Hal') Dixon, Jr. (1740-1782)," Rootsweb.ancestry.com, (accessed May 21, 2012) 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

      Baker, Thomas E. 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

      Guilford Battle Ground Company. "Invitations and Programs for Fourth of July Celebrations at the Site of the Battle of Guilford Court House," (various, 1888-1906), (accessed May 29, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite and bronze.

  • Subject Notes

    The inscription contains 2 errors; the battle of Monmouth was fought on June 28th, rather than June 20th, and the battle of Camden occurred in 1780 instead of 1779.

    Henry, or Hal, Dixon was a Revolutionary War officer born in what is today Caswell County. Dixon was appointed "Inspector General over Militia" by the North Carolina legislature in 1778. Along with Jethro Sumner and Nathanael Greene, Dixon was charged with the defense of the southern states during the Revolutionary War.

  • Location

    The monument faces west.

  • Landscape

    Lies alongside the former railroad bed (today a biking path).

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