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  • Monument Name

    David Schenck Monument, Guilford Courthouse

  • Type

    Pylon

  • Subjects

    Historic Political Figures

    Historic Philanthropic Figures

  • Creator

    Guilford Battleground Company, Unspecified

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    This truncated granite column stands approximately eleven feet tall and is dedicated to one of the early preservers of the Guilford battleground.

  • Inscription

    DAVID SCHENCK / THE PROJECTOR OF THIS BATTLE FIELD'S / RECLAMATION AND THE ORGANIZER AND / FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE / GUILFORD BATTLE GROUND COMPANY / 1835 - 1902

  • Custodian

    Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

  • Dedication Date

    July 4, 1904

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.133210 , -79.845430 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

      "David Schenck Monument," Historic List of Classified Structures, (accessed August 11, 2011) 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

      "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)

      Folder 20 in David Schenck Papers, #652, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 168-169,178-180, 185, 189, 204-205 Link

      Folder 47 in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scan 22 Link

      Folder 49 in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 2, 13, 36, 48 Link

      Folder 50 in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 3,30-32,36-37 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

      Shepherd, James. An Address By Hon. James E. Shepherd on the Life and Character of the Late Judge David Schenck, (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Battle Ground Company, 1910), (accessed February 6, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    James E. Shepherd gave an address at the unveiling.

  • Subject Notes

    David Schenck is the man who conceived the idea of preserving the Guilford Battlefield; he later served as the first president of the Guilford Battleground Company. After Schenck’s death in 1902 the Company adopted resolutions the following year to have a monument built in his honor.

  • Location

    The marker is on Guilford Courthouse Tour Road 0.2 miles east of Old Battleground Road, on the right when traveling west.

  • Former Locations

    Originally along the New Garden Road (now a walking path), the monument was moved to its present location in 1937.

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