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  • Monument Name

    Arthur Forbis Grave, Guilford Courthouse

  • Type

    Grave

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    This monument in the shape of a traditional tombstone marks the grave of Colonel Arthur Forbis, who was mortally wounded during the battle at Guilford Courthouse. The monument is 2 feet high and 6 inches thick, set in a base of the same stone.

  • Inscription

    Tombstone: IN HONOR OF / COL. ARTHUR FORBIS / OF THE N.C. TROOPS / WHO FELL AT HIS POST IN THE DIS / CHARGE OF DUTY / ON THIS MEMORABLE / FIELD OF BATTLE / MARCH 15 1781

    Base: PRESENTED BY MCGALLIARD & HUSKE / JULY 4, 1887

  • Custodian

    Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

  • Dedication Date

    July 4, 1887

  • Decade

    1880s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.130040 , -79.848070 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "A Monument to Col. Forbis," Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, NC), August 12, 1887 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: 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

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

      A Memorial Volume of the Guilford Battle Ground Company, (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Battleground Company, 1893), 1-27, (accessed February 8, 2012) Link

      Baker, Thomas E., and Michael H. White. The Monuments at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, North Carolina, (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, 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

      Folder 16 in David Schenck Papers, #652, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 6-8, 10-15, 26-28, 91-100 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

  • Public Site

    Unknown

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite.

  • Sponsors

    McGalliard and Huske Stoneworks of Kernersville, NC

  • Monument Cost

    Valued at 200 dollars, but dedicated by the quarry that cut it.

  • Subject Notes

    Arthur Forbis was a Captain in the Guilford County militia under Colonel James Martin. He acted as commander of the Guilford militia in Martin’s absence, while Martin rode to the courthouse to rally fugitives.

  • Landscape

    The monument to Forbis was the first monument erected on the battlefield.

  • Death Space

    Yes

  • Former Locations

    Immediately after his death, Forbis was buried at Alamance Presbyterian Church. His remains were moved to the park in 1887.

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