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  • Monument Name

    Jesse Franklin Grave, Guilford Courthouse

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    This monument, marking the grave of Jesse Franklin, takes the shape of a roughly-cut stone marker housing a bronze plaque. Franklin shares a 7' by 7' plot with Joseph Winston.

    Images: Graves of Joseph Winston and Jesse Franklin

  • Inscription


  • Custodian

    Guilford Battleground Company

  • Dedication Date

    Fall of 1906

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.132740 , -79.842270 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, 1913 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 10, 1901, 1 Link

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


  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite and Bronze.

  • Subject Notes

    Jesse Franklin was born in 1760 in Orange County, North Carolina. He served as a major during the Revolutionary War, most notably escaping after capture by Tories and later fighting in the Battle of Guilford Court House. Franklin later served in the U.S. Senate between 1799-1805 and again from 1807-1813. He was also Governor of North Carolina from 1820-1821. He died in 1823 in Surry County, North Carolina.

  • Landscape

    Jesse Franklin's grave is in a plot with Joseph Winston.

  • Death Space


  • Former Locations

    His body was moved in 1906 in an effort to reinter as many great Revolutionary heroes as possible to the Battleground.

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