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Untitled_Panorama1 copy eThe dedication of the Crown Forces Monument on March 13, 2016 was a signal event and a significant day for the Guilford Battleground Company and the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

The monument is dedicated: “In memory of the men who fought and the units of the Crown Forces in which they served at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse March 15, 1781.”

Speakers at the event included Park Superintendent Doyle Sapp, GBC President Ed Deaton, author and historian Dr. Larry Babits, and Col. Nicholas Lock, Assistant Military Attaché, British Embassy, Washington, DC. Jay Callaham presided as Master of Ceremonies. The Guilford Courthouse Fife and Drum Corps provided period music, and an Honor Guard composed of reenactors  fired a three volley salute.

Mr. Jimmy Wiggins, owner of North State Monument, designed and erected the monument. The foundation was designed by S&ME.

Click to view the Building of a Monument photos.

Click to view the Dedication Ceremony photos.

Click to view the Dedication Ceremony video provided by South Carolina Educational TV.

Click to view the WFMY Channel 2 video of Jay Callaham presentation.

Click to view the Resolution  Recognizing Crown Forces Monument Day by the City of Greensboro and County of Guiford.

Panoramic photo courtesy Ed Wasserboehr. Dedication photos courtesy of Carol Deaton.

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Over the last few months, we have received scholarly information concerning the correct units and appropriate designations of the troops fighting under Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Guilford Court House. The providers of this data are academic-level historians whose published works focus on the organization and operations of the eighteenth-century British Army and the armies of the German states whose forces fought as mercenaries alongside British troops in America.

They include: Dr. Matthew Spring, Head of History at Truro School in Cornwall, author of: With Zeal and with Bayonets Only: The British Army on Campaign in North America, 1775-1783, Dr. John Holding author of Fit For Service. The Training of the British Army, 1715-1795, Dr. Peter Hull Professor of History at the University of Hull, author of Europe’s Tragedy: A History of the Thirty Years War and Joshua Howard co-author of Long, Obstinate and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse.

The project to build a monument, originally called the “British Monument Project” has been renamed. It is now named the “Crown Forces Monument Project” to reflect the participation of the German and Tory units which fought alongside the British Army troops at Guilford Court House.

Over $7,800 in contributions to erect the monument have been received. The most recent donation was made by The Britannia Club, a Triad Area private organization consisting of British citizens who meet regularly to celebrate and observe British customs and holidays.

The GBC has established a PayPal account to facilitate making donations to the monument project. It can be accessed on the GBC website under the Projects page- Monument. Your support of this project is sincerely appreciated and is tax-deductible.

Units which participated in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse were:
1st Regiment of Foot Guards; Coldstream Guards; 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards;
23rd Regiment of Foot, Royal Welch Fusiliers;33rd Regiment of Foot; 2nd Battalion, 71st Regiment of Foot, Fraser’s Highlanders; Capt. T. Johnson’s and Capt. C. Wood’s Coys, Royal Regiment of Artillery; Hessen-Kassel Regiment von Bose; Hessen-Kassel Jägerkorps; Ansbach-Bayreuth Jägerkorps; 17th Regiment of Light Dragoons; British Legion Cavalry; Royal North Carolina Regiment

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