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  • Monument Name

    Joseph Winston Grave, Guilford Courthouse

  • Type

    Grave

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    A low lectern shaped granite block with bronze plaque marks the grave of Jesse Franklin. It stands outside a low 7’ by 7’ wrought iron fence that surrounds the grave stones of Franklin and fellow patriot Joseph Winston. An identical marker for Winston is next to the Franklin marker. The remains and headstones of Winston and Franklin had been relocated to the battlefield in 1906. It’s uncertain when the maker was placed.

    Images: Graves of Joseph Winston and Jesse Franklin

  • Inscription

    JOSEPH WINSTON / MAJ SURRY COUNTY MILITIA / REVOLUTIONARY WAR / 1746 1815

  • Custodian

    Guilford Battleground Company

  • Dedication Date

    Reburial dedication: July 4, 1907

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.132220 , -79.844480 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Series

    Guilford Courthouse Battleground

  • Supporting Sources

      “On Historic Ground,” New Berne Weekly Journal (New Bern, NC), July 9, 1907

      "Major Joseph Winston," The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), December 12, 1894, 2 Link

      "Winston Monument," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed April 12, 2019) 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

      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

      “Ashes of Governor Franklin.” The Union Republican (Winston-Salem, NC), September 27, 1906

      “Governor Franklin Reinterred.” News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), September 23, 1906

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, bronze

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Judge Spencer H. Adams gave an address on the life of Jesse Franklin and Judge W. P. Bynum presented a sketch on the life of Joseph Winston.

  • Subject Notes

    Winston was born in 1746. He was a Colonel in the North Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War and led a company of riflemen at the Battle of Guilford Court House. Winston later represented North Carolina as both a Representative and a Senator in the United States Congress. He died in 1815 in Stokes County, North Carolina.

  • Location

    The grave is located in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

  • Landscape

    Winston's remains are located in a plot shared with Jesse Franklin.

  • Death Space

    Yes

  • Relocated

    Yes

  • Former Locations

    Jesse Franklin was originally buried at his family home place in Surry County in 1824. His remains were reinterred on September 21, 1906 as part of an effort to bring the remains of as many Revolutionary heroes as possible to the battleground.

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