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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

    Thomas Woodroffe & Sons, Mount Airy Granite Quarries, Mt. Airy, NC, Builder

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    The monument to David Schenck was modeled after the statue base to Confederate General A.P. Hill in Richmond, Virginia. The monument stands approximately 11-feet tall and consist of a truncated granite column on a double base. The lower base is a single piece of granite with the upper base formed by three courses of laid granite block. This monument was likely intended as the base for a statue to Schenck. It was the practice of the Guilford Battle Ground Company to build and dedicate a monument base prior to funds being available for a statue.

  • Inscription

    DAVID SCHENCK / THE PROJECTOR OF THIS BATTLE FIELD'S / RECLAMATION AND 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

      "Inventory Form - Guilford Courthouse National Military Park," National Register of Historic Places, (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 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

      National Park Services. U.S. Department of the Interior. "David Schenck Monument" in "Historic List of Classified Structures", hscl.cr.nps.gov, (accessed August 11, 2011) Link

      Reid, Courtland T. “Guilford Courthouse: National Military Park, North Carolina,” (Washington, DC: National Park Service, 1959) 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

      “A Glorious Fourth,” The Greensboro Patriot (Greensboro, NC), June 29, 1904

      “Another Joyous Celebration,” The Greensboro Patriot (Greensboro, NC), July 6, 1904

      “David Schenck,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed March 14, 2018) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Guilford Battle Ground Company

  • Monument Cost

    $500

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The David Schenck monument was the first of two unveiled in a daylong celebration at the battleground. The morning saw the dedication of the monument to Schenck, founder of the Guilford Battle Ground Company, credited with preserving the important Revolution field of battle. Retired Judge James E. Shepherd presented the primary address being “The Life and Character of the Late Judge David Schenck.” A noon dinner was then served by the Daughters of the American Revolution to the gathered luminaries. The afternoon saw five more speeches prior to the day’s events concluding with unveiling of the No North-No South monument.

  • 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 located in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, on Guilford Courthouse Tour Road 0.2 miles east of Old Battleground Road, on the right when traveling west.

  • Landscape

    The memorial marker stands on grass surrounded by mature trees and bushes.

  • 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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