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  • Monument Name

    David Caldwell Monument, Guilford Courthouse

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    This monument, a roughly-cut rectangular granite block placed on top of a granite base, measures 6'11" in height and 3' wide, not including the base.

    Images (courtesy of Natasha Smith): North face | East face | South face | West face

  • Inscription

    North Face: Dr. DAVID CALDWELL / BORN 1724 / DIED 1824 / PREACHER

    East Face: PATRIOT

    South Face: 1909 / PHYSICIAN

    West Face: TEACHER

  • Custodian

    Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

  • Dedication Date

    1909

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.133250 , -79.843470 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "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

      "Monument to Rev. Dr. David Caldwell," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), July 7, 1909, 11 Link

      Caruthers, Eli Washington. A Sketch of the Life and Character of the Rev. David Caldwell, D. D., (Greensborough, NC: Swaim and Sherwood, 1842), (accessed February 6, 2012) Link

      Van Noppen, Addie. The Battle Field of Guilford Court House, (Greensboro, NC: Jos. J. Stone & Company, 1927), (accessed February 6, 2012) Link

      “Dr. David Caldwell,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed April 13, 2018) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church and descendants.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The principal speaker for the day was Dr. C. Alphonso Smith who said a “nation must find in its past its heritage for its future.” The dedicatory speech for the Rev. David Caldwell monument was made by the Rev. Melton Clark. The Caldwell monument was unveiled by Adelaide Van Noppen and Marion Jones, great-great granddaughters of Dr. Caldwell. The since removed Clio The Muse of History statue was also dedicated the same day.

  • Subject Notes

    Born in 1724, David Caldwell spent many years teaching. He was eventually licensed to preach, which he continued to do late into his life. He was a member of the convention that formed the Constitution of the state of North Carolina in 1776. He died August 28, 1824.

  • Location

    The Caldwell monument is located in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. It was the last memorial in a row of monuments on the Historic New Garden Road that runs through the park. It is also the only remaining one in its original location.

  • Landscape

    The memorial is surrounded by mature trees of the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

  • Approval Process

    General Assembly of the Southern Presbyterian Church as well as descendants of Doctor Caldwell.

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