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  • Monument Name

    James Morehead Monument, Guilford Courthouse

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    This monument of unfinished granite represents an A shaped Revolution era tent. A larger bronze tablet is attached to the front. A smaller bronze plaque can be found on the back of the memorial.

    Images (courtesy of Natasha Smith): Front view | Front bronze plaque | Back bronze plaque

  • Inscription

    Front: 1779-81. 1900 / TO / CAPTAIN JAMES MOREHEAD / OF THE 10th REGIMENT, / N C CONTINENTAL LINE. / BATTLE OF STONO / JUNE 20TH 1779. / ELIZABETHTON JULY 1781. / BORN 1750 DIED 1815.

    Back: ERECTED BY / COL. JAMES T. AND JOSEPH / M. MOREHEAD AND ROBERT / PERCY GRAY.

  • Dedication Date

    July 4, 1901

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.131740 , -79.846620 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Captain James Morehead," Waymarking.com, (accessed May 7, 2012) Link

      "The Glorious Fourth," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), July 10, 1901, 1 Link

      "Turner Statue, Morehead Monument, Davidson & Nash Arches, Greensboro, N.C.," in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, (accessed September 13, 2013) Link

      Aycock, C. B., and R.F. Beasley, An Address on the Occasion of the Unveiling of the Colonial Column and the Monument to Captain James Morehead, (Greensboro NC: Guilford Battle Ground Company, 1901), (accessed February 6, 2012) Link

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

      Folder 63c in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 66-77, 105 Link

      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

      “Battle of Elizabethtown,” The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), July 7, 1901

      “Captain James Morehead,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed February 2, 2018) Link

      “The Colonial Column,” The Greensboro Patriot (Greensboro, NC), May 8, 1901

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, bronze

  • Sponsors

    James Turner, Joseph Morehead, Robert Percy Gray.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The dedication was held at the annual July 4th celebration at the Guilford Courthouse battleground that also saw the unveiling the Colonial Column monument (#25). Governor James B. Aycock gave the days principal oration and spoke on the Colonial history of North Carolina. During the speech he argued that the first blood shed during the Revolution had been at the Battle of Alamance where the “Regulators” stood “against foreign oppression…” Governor Aycock was followed by R.F. Beasley, editor of the Monroe Journal, who made a “scholarly” presentation on the Battle of Elizabethtown fought in 1781.

  • Nickname

    Tent Monument

  • Location

    The monument is located within Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. It faces north. The monument stands in a row of memorials that include No North-No South, Kerrenhappuch Turner, and Captain Gillis monuments.

  • Landscape

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

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