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  • Monument Name

    Francis Nash Arch [Removed], Guilford Courthouse

  • Type

    Memorial Arch

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War

    Removed Monuments

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    This monumental structure, made out of granite blocks consisting of two piers connected by an arch, was reminiscent of a Roman Triumphal Arch. Each pier housed a bronze plaque. The arch, which has since been removed, overlooked a path along the grounds of the Guilford Courthouse.

  • Inscription

    Brigadier General Francis Nash, born 1742 fatally wounded in battle of Germantown, Oct. 4th, 1777; member of Provincial Congress of N.C., 1775; Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 10th, 1775; Colonel April 10th, 1776; Brigadier General Feb. 5, 1777. / “Ever since the dawn of the Revolution, I have stood for the cause of liberty and my country.” / In honor of the memory of Brig. General Francis Nash, who fell in the battle of Germantown on the 4th day of Oct., 1777, bravely contending for the independence of his country.

  • Dedication Date

    July 4, 1906.

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.132360 , -79.845260 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "1st--Davidson, 2nd--Nash Arches, Guilford Battle Ground, Greensboro, N.C.," in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, (accessed March 13, 2012) Link

      "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 Courthouse: Historic Park Scenes," National Park Service, (accessed November 30, 2011) 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

      "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

      "Two Big Celebrations," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), June 30, 1903, 1 Link

      Additional Images: Nash and Davidson Arch, Nash Arch Before Removal, Nash Arch Removal Crane handling Keystone in Summer of 1937, Nash Arch Removal, Nash Arch with Scaffolding for Removal, Nash Arch with Workmen and Crane

      Additional Images: Workmen Removing Davidson Arch, Nash and Davidson Arch

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

      Folder 4 in Alfred M. Waddell Papers, #743, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 7-8 Link

      Folder 44a in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 27, 37-38, 40-42, 51-56, 59-60, 62-67, 68-74, 77, 78 Link

      Folder 44b in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 15-19, 20-21, 29, 36-39, 44, 57-59, 60-61, 66-67, 70-72 Link

      Folder 44c in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 7, 8, 11-21, 44-45, 49-54, 56-59, 62, 64 Link

      Folder 44d in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 1-2, 6, 10-13, 40, 45, 49, 51, 54, 55, 61-62, 64-71 Link

      Folder 45a in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 17-18, 31, 36, 43-44 Link

      Folder 45a in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 90-91 Link

      Folder 48a in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scan 63 Link

      Folder 49 in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 8, 11-12, 18-19, 22 Link

      Folder 50 in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 86-87 Link

      Folder 52 in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 20, 54-55, 72, 75, 77 Link

      Folder 53 in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 43-44, 57-59, 90, 100 Link

      Folder 54a in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 2-6, 10-11, 16-18, 35-36, 77-79, 118-119 Link

      Folder 62c in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scan 82 Link

      Folder 7 in Alfred M. Waddell Papers, #743, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 12-14, 41-44, 62-63, 80 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

      United States Congressional Record. "Nash and Davidson Monuments: Full Text of the Debate Between Congressmen Cannon and Kitchin," from the U.S. Congressional Record, 57th Congress, First Session, Washington, D.C., July 1, 1902, (accessed February 6, 2012) Link

      Waddell, Alfred Moore. Gen. Francis Nash, (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Battle Ground Company, 1906), (accessed February 8, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    An address was given by Hon. A. M. Waddell at the unveiling.

  • Former Locations

    Originally the New Garden Road passed through the arch. The arch was dismantled in 1937.

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