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  • Monument Name

    James Gillies Monument, Guilford Courthouse

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    A bas-relief of Gillies riding a horse and blowing his bugle is located above the inscription on this diamond-shaped stone monument .

  • Inscription

    GILLIES / LIGHTHORSE HARRY LEE’S BUGLER-BOY / DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI”* / ERECTED BY THE LITERARY / SOCIETIES AND ALUMNI OF / OAK RIDGE INSTITUTE MAY 6TH 1898 TO THE / MEMORY OF THE GALLANT FILLIES WHO / FELL UNDER THE SWORDS OF TARLETON’S / DRAGOONS NEAR OAK RIDGE, N.C. / FEB. 13TH 1781, A NOBLE / SACRIFICE / TO HIS OWN / GENEROSITY AND FOR / HIS COUNTRY’S / FREEDOM. / *”SWEET AND FITTING IT IS TO DIE FOR ONE’S COUNTRY."

  • Custodian

    Guilford Battleground Company

  • Dedication Date

    May 6, 1898

  • Decade

    1890s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.131890 , -79.846320 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

      "Gillies Monument: Unveiling of Cenotaph to Buglar Boy," The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), May 8, 1898 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

      "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

      Additional Images: Looking West Towards Turner Statue From No-North No-South Monument Looking West

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

      Folder 20 in David Schenck Papers, #652, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scan 28 Link

      “Cumberland County Confederate Memorial,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed January 22, 2011) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, bronze.

  • Sponsors

    Athenian and Philomathean Societies of Oak Ridge Institute

  • Nickname

    Bugle Boy Monument or Light Horse Harry Lee's Bugler-Boy Monument

  • Subject Notes

    Gillies was a young soldier serving for ‘Light-horse Harry’ Lee’s cavalry. He was killed in Guilford County by Tarleton’s dragoons during a retreat prior to the battle of Guilford Courthouse on February 12, 1781.

  • Location

    Faces North.

  • Landscape

    This particular monument is located in a row of similar structures that include the "No North-No South Monument, the Turner monument, and the Captain James Morehead (tent) monument.

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