Source: Cavalry Monument
Cavalry Monument, Guilford Courthouse
A large granite obelisk resting on a granite base, measuring 22’4’’ in height and 4'10" in width at the base of the monument.
North Side: 1781 1909 / TO THE MARQUIS OF BRITIGNY /
AND COL. WM. WASHINGTON / WHO WITH THEIR NORTH CAROLINA AND / VIRGINIA CAVALRY CHARGED AND RAN / THROUGH AND OVER THE 2ND. QUEENS / GUARDS IN THE VALLEY BELOW.
West Side: TO PETER FRANCISCO / A GIANT IN STATURE, / MIGHT AND COURAGE - WHO SLEW / IN THIS ENGAGEMENT ELEVEN OF THE / ENEMY WITH HIS OWN BROAD SWORD / RENDERING HIMSELF THEREBY PERHAPS THE MOST / FAMOUS PRIVATE SOLDIER OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR.
Guilford Battleground Company
The monument was completed in 1909 but it was not dedicated until July 4, 1910.
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"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
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Baker, Thomas E. The Monuments at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, North Carolina, (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Courthouse NMP, 1991)
Dixon, Benjamin Franklin. Peter Francisco: An Address by Hon. B. F. Dixon Delivered at the Unveiling of a Tablet to His Memory at Guilford Battle Ground, July 4th, 19010 , (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Battle Ground Company, 1910), (accessed May 29, 2012) Link
Folder 52 in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 77 Link
Folder 63c in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 32-54 Link
Folder 83b in Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scan 11 Link
Van Noppen, Addie. The Battle Field of Guilford Court House, (Greensboro, NC: Jos. J. Stone & Company, 1927), (accessed February 6, 2012) Link
Granite with bronze tablets.
At the unveiling the Honorable B.F. Dixon gave an address.
Peter Francisco Monument
Peter Francisco was born in 1760; he was an American patriot and soldier in the American Revolutionary War. At the age of 16, he joined the 10th Virginia Regiment and was known for his size and strength. Though the inscription claims he killed eleven of the enemy, according to Francisco's account of the battle he only killed four.
The monument was supposed to mark where the third line of American troops were. However park historians now believe the third line was actually farther to the east.
The monument is located beside a foot trail in the park, near a tour stop.