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Source: John Daves Grave

  • Monument Name

    John Daves Monument, Guilford Courthouse

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    A 6’9” rectangular marble monument surrounded by a concrete frame sits flush with the ground. An inscription is carved into the monument alongside a bronze Daughters of the American Revolution plaque which was added in March of 1948.

  • Inscription

    Here are deposited remains / of Major JOHN DAVES / one / of the well tried patriots of our Revolutionary / War; / Who departed this life October 12th, 1804, / Aged 56 Years / Epitaph by a Friend Beneath this monumental stone repos’d / In shrouded gloom, the relics of the dead / Await the’ archangel’s renovating trump, / And the dread sentence of the Judge Supreme. / But GOD’S the Judge! in truth and justice robed; / Impartial to reward the friend sincere, / The virtues of the patriot, parent, spouse; / And these, O Major! these were surely thine. / Yes, there were thine – and more still conjoin’d / T’ endear thee to thy family and friends, / To leave a lasting memory behind, / And seal thy transport to the realms of bliss.

  • Custodian

    Guilford Courthouse National Military Battlefield

  • Dedication Date

    July 3, 1893

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.132080 , -79.846660 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

      "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)

      Banks, Howard O. "Report of Howard O. Banks to the 'Charlotte Observer' of the Celebration at Guilford Battle Ground, July 4th, 1893," (accessed May 16, 2012) 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

      Guilford Battle Ground Company. "Invitations and Programs for Fourth of July Celebrations at the Site of the Battle of Guilford Court House," (various, 1888-1906), (accessed May 29, 2012) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Marble and concrete.

  • Subject Notes

    John Daves was born in Mecklenburg County in 1748 and moved to New Bern around 1770. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War serving in both the Second North Carolina Regiment and was later captured in Charleston in May of 1780. When released he was promoted to captain. After his time in the army, he returned to New Bern, where he served as collector of the port till his death on October 12, 1804. This monument is one of the few that is dedicated to an individual who was not directly involved with the battle that ensued at the location.

  • Controversies

    Sometime between 1922 and 1932 the monument was hit by a vehicle and the marble slab was broken into 2 pieces. After this incident the pedestals were taken off and the broken slabs were placed flush with the ground.

  • Death Space


  • Former Locations

    Major John Daves died in Newbern on October 12th, 1804 and was buried in the Cedar Gove Cemetery in town. In June of 1893, his grandsons Edward Graham and Graham Daves had the body and monument moved to Guilford Battleground. His tomb was re-erected over his body by the Company and a marble memorial was put up as well.

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