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  • Monument Name

    Nathaniel Macon, Guilford Courthouse

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • Creator

    “Messrs.” Woodruffe, Supplier

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    This monument consists of a rough granite boulder with a bronze tablet bearing the inscription. It stands approximately 5-feet tall.

    Images: Bronze tablet

  • Inscription


  • Custodian

    Guilford Battleground Company

  • Dedication Date

    July 4, 1902

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.131790 , -79.847310 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Series

    Guilford Courthouse Battleground

  • Supporting Sources

      "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

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

      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

      Nathaniel Macon Letters, #1246-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Link

      National Park Service. U.S. Department of the Interior. North Carolina National Register of Historic Places. "Inventory Form - Guilford Courthouse National Military Park," (accessed November 6, 2019) Link

      Pittman, Thomas. Nathaniel Macon, (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Battle Ground Company, 1902), (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

      Wilson, Clyde. 1991. “Macon, Nathaniel,”, (accessed February 26, 2018) Link

      “Nathaniel Macon,” Henderson Gold Leaf (Henderson, NC), July 10, 1902

      “Nathaniel Macon,” The Historical Marker Database,, (accessed February 26, 2018) Link

      “To Rear a Cenotaph to Macon,” The North Carolinian (Raleigh, NC), May 20, 1902

      “To the Memory of Nathaniel Macon,” The Farmer and Mechanic (Raleigh, NC), July 8, 1902

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite and bronze

  • Sponsors

    Judge David Schenck

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Two monuments were dedicated on the same day, one to Macon and the other to Kerenhappuch Turner. The day’s featured oration was by Thomas M. Pitman on the life of North Carolina patriot and statesman Nathaniel Macon. G.S. Bradshaw gave a speech on Turner. U.S. Representative and later NC Governor W.W. Kitchin arrived late for the dedication but gave a speech during a dinner held later in the evening

  • Subject Notes

    Macon's wish was that no grief be expressed at his funeral. He requested that dinner and grog be served, that each friend cast a stone on his grave and that any memorial to him consisted only of “rude stones.” Nathaniel Macon's graveside and memorial marker (dedicated in 1923) are located at Buck Spring Plantation Park, 193 Plantation Dr., Littleton, NC 27850.

    [Additional information from NCpedia editors at the State Library of North Carolina: This person enslaved and owned other people. Many Black and African people, their descendants, and some others were enslaved in the United States until the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in 1865. It was common for wealthy landowners, entrepreneurs, politicians, institutions, and others to enslave people and use enslaved labor during this period. To read more about the enslavement and transportation of African people to North Carolina, visit To read more about slavery and its history in North Carolina, visit - Government and Heritage Library, 2023.]

  • Location

    Marker is in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park on the Monument Row walking trail, just north of the Visitor Center in Greensboro, NC.

  • Landscape

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

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