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  • Monument Name

    No North-No South Monument, Guilford Courthouse

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    This monument, erected in 1903, commemorates the spirit of unity that was present during the American Revolutionary War in hopes of providing healing after the American Civil War. It commemorates two heroes of the American Revolution: George Washington (from the South) and Nathanael Greene (from the North), who fought in the South, notably in Greensboro. The monument consists of a squat granite obelisk atop a square base. It is inscribed on all four sides.

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

  • Inscription

    North face: 1776

    East face: NO NORTH / WASHINGTON

    South face: 1903

    West face: NO SOUTH / GREENE

  • Custodian

    Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

  • Dedication Date

    July 4, 1904

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.131740 , -79.846720 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Series

    Guilford Courthouse Battleground

  • Supporting Sources

      "Arrangement for the Big Celebration at the Battle Ground," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), June 17, 1903, 1 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)

      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

      Henderson, William A. Kings Mountain and its Campaign, (Greensboro, N.C.: Guilford Battleground Company, 1903), (accessed February 6, 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

      Reid, Courtland T. “Guilford Courthouse: National Military Park, North Carolina,” (Washington, DC: National Park Service, 1959) Link

      Shepherd, James. An Address by Hon. James E. Shepherd on the Life and Character of the Late Judge David Schenck, (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Battle Ground Company, 1910), (accessed February 6, 2012) Link

      “A Glorious Fourth,” The Greensboro Patriot (Greensboro, NC), June 29, 1904

      “Another Joyous Celebration,” The Greensboro Patriot (Greensboro, NC), July 6, 1904

      “No North-No South, Guilford Courthouse, Greensboro, NC,”, (accessed March 14, 2018) Link

      “Washington & Greene,” The Historical Marker Database,, (Accesses March 14, 2018) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques


  • Sponsors

    Guilford Battleground Company

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The No North-No South monument was the second monument unveiled in a daylong celebration at the battleground. The morning saw the dedication of a monument to Judge David Schenck, founder of the Guilford Battle Ground Company, credited with preserving the important Revolution field of battle. Retired Judge James E. Shepherd presented the primary address being “The Life and Character of the Late Judge David Schenck.” A noon dinner was then served by the Daughters of the American Revolution to the gathered luminaries. The afternoon saw five more speeches prior to the day’s events concluding with unveiling of the No North-No South monument.

  • Nickname

    Washington-Greene Monument

  • Location

    The monument is located within Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. It faces north. The monument stands in a row of memorials that include Kerrenhappuch Turner, James Morehead and Captain Gillis monuments.

  • Landscape

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

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