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On Saturday, November 14, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Veterans' Day 1Guilford Courthouse National Military Park will present “History of the American Soldier” an educational program in honor of Veterans’ Day.

The “History of the American Soldier” involves a timeline representing periods of U.S. military history from the 1600’s until the present. Each period will feature a soldier or group of soldiers, portrayed by park volunteers, uniformed, equipped and armed according to the period they represent. The public is invited to tour the timeline and to speak with these soldiers to ask questions and to see and compare the changes from one historical period to another.

This outdoor program, located at Stop 8 near the General Nathanael Greene Monument, is sponsored by the National Park Service and Guilford Courthouse National Military Park with the assistance of its dedicated Volunteers In Parks. This program is free to the public and is dependent on favorable weather conditions.

For more information call the Park. (336) 288-1776


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The Guilford Battleground Company has just published Guide to the MONUMENTS Guilford Courthouse National Military Park written by Dr Scott Culclasure. The guide organizes descriptions of the monuments into sections that correspond to the three American defensive lines around which the battle was fought. Each section begins with a brief explanation of the fighting in that area. Photographs of each monument illustrate the book and a map by Dave Wasserboehr provides the location of each monument in the park.

Guide to the MONUMENTS GUILFORD COURTHOUSE NMP“Fought at a backcountry village on March 15, 1781, the Battle of Guilford Court House was one of the most intense engagements of the American Revolutionary War and proved decisive in the high-stakes Southern Campaign of 17801. After winning a dubious victory, British general Lord Cornwallis abandoned North Carolina and moved his forces into Virginia—with ruinous consequences seven months later at Yorktown—leaving American commander Nathanael Greene free to embark on a successful campaign to liberate the Carolinas. For years afterward, the battlefield’s woods and fields lay neglected, until Judge David Schenck organized the Guilford Battle Ground Company in 1887 to purchase land for preservation. Those early years witnessed the building of the park’s first museum and the placing of monuments on the battlefield. The property was deeded to the federal government in 1917 in recognition of its national significance. Since 1933, the National Park Service has worked to preserve both the battlefield and the knowledge represented by the park’s monuments. This book is a guide to the park’s monuments and memorials, describing their background and how they fit into the larger story of the battlefield’s preservation.”
Scott P. Culclasure teaches at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina. Among his publications are The Past as Liberation from History  and a work of Southern history he co-edited, The Confessions of Edward Isham: A Poor White Life of the Antebellum South. Since his own school days, Scott has also volunteered at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, where on many summer afternoons he can be found leading guided walks across this Revolutionary War battlefield.

The book is available in the Eastern National bookstore located in the park Visitor Center and the Gift Shop of the Greensboro Historical Museum. Dr. Culclasure will be signing this book at the Visitor Center from 2:00 pm-4:00pm on Saturday, November 14.              ISBN 978-0-692-50033-0

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The Annual Guilford Courthouse National Military Park Lecture Series will be held  on March 11-March 13 2015 in conjunction with the annual reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. The lectures will be presented each evening at 7:00 pm in the park’s Visitor’s Center.

Kay Morse will present Seeking the Historical Cook; Exploring Eighteenth-Century Southern Foodways.Historical CookSeeking the Historical Cook is a guide to historical cooking methods from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century receipt (recipe) books and an examination of how those methods can be used in kitchens today. Designed for adventurous cooks and “foodies,” this volume is rich with photographs, period images, and line art depicting kitchen tools and cooking methods. Kay K. Moss invites readers to discover traditional receipts and to experiment with ancestral dishes to brighten today’s meals.”

Sullivan Brandywine res  Historian Michael Harris, author of Brandywine, will present “General John Sullivan and the Battle of Brandywine”  on Wednesday evening.

“Brandywine Creek calmly meanders through the Pennsylvania countryside today, but on September 11, 1777, it served as the scenic backdrop for the largest battle of the American Revolution, one that encompassed more troops over more land than any combat fought on American soil until the Civil War. Long overshadowed by the stunning American victory at Saratoga, the complex British campaign that defeated George Washington’s colonial army and led to the capture of the capital city of Philadelphia was one of the most important military events of the war. Michael C. Harris’s impressive Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777, is the first full-length study of this pivotal engagement in many years.”

The Friday lecture titled “William Washington, American Light Dragoon” will be presented by Daniel Murphy.

“William Washington, perhaps the best American cavalry officer of the War of Independence, has yet to receive the recognition he merits. In this comprehensively researched volume, Daniel Murphy provides a detailed and engaging account of Washington’s life and battlefield exploits that restores this gifted commander to his rightful place among the outstanding military leaders of the Revolution.”—Jim PiecuchWilliam WashingtonAll lectures take place in the theater of the park visitor center, located at 2332 New Garden Road.
All lectures are free to the public, but reservations are required. Seating is limited.
Call (336) 288-1776 for information and to register for each night’s lecture.
The purpose of the Annual Guilford Courthouse National Military Park Lecture Series is to serve the educational and general interests of the community through the knowledge and insights of distinguished historians speaking on topics of 18th century history.
Sponsored by the National Park Service and the Guilford Battleground Company
Other 234th observance events are planned for the weekend of March 14 and 15, 2015.

Visit http://www.nps.gov/guco/upload/ANNUAL-LECTURE-SERIES-2015a-2.pdf for details.

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Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

to host lecture on French & Indian War April 12, 2014

“North Carolina and the French and Indian War, 1754-1763”

Presented by Dr. John Maass, Historian, US Army Center of Military History

Though most of the events in the French and Indian War took place hundreds of miles away, North Carolina was not exempt from its impact. As the European forces of France, Spain, Great Britain and their American Indian allies brought war to the New World, the colony mobilized troops, raised money, built forts and participated in several arduous military campaigns. The war had a huge influence on the colony, including a dramatic conflict between the colonial Governor Arthur Dobbs and the colonial legislature over how many troops to raise and how it would be funded. This led to an increasing sense of independence from Britain that would continue to build after the war was over.

 The lecture is sponsored in partnership by the National Park Service, The Greensboro Historical Museum and The Guilford Battleground Company.. The lecture will begin at 7:30 PM in the visitor center theater of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, located at 2332 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410.

The lecture is free to the public, but reservations are required. 

Call (336) 288-1776 to reserve a seat.

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The Annual Lecture  series held in conjunction with  the Anniversary Observance of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse will be presented on Thursday  and Friday, March 13th and 14th.

Historian and author Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Professor of History at the University of Virginia , will present”The Men Who Lost America, British Leadership, the American Revolution and the Fate of the Empire” on Thursday.MenWhoLostAmerica resized

Historian and author Don N. Hagist will present “British Soldiers, American War” Friday evening.

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The purpose of the Lecture Series is to serve the educational and general interests  of the community through the knowledge and insights of distinguished historians speaking on topics of Revolutionary War history.

All lectures begin promptly at 7 PM in the theater of the Park Visitor  Center at 2332 New Garden Rd. Seating is limited.  Reservations are required. Call 336.288.1776 for information and to register for each night’s lecture. Lectures are free to the public

The National Park Service is able to provide this lecture series through a generous donation from the Guilford Battleground Company. Other 233rd Observance events are planned for Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, 2014. Visit www.nps.gov/guco for details.

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See the results of our work!!!

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, A Revolutionary War Battleground, will be opening a new temporary exhibit in the Visitor Center at 2332 New Garden Road. The Exhibit- Beyond the Battle will run from Saturday, September 14 through Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM daily.

The exhibit includes artifacts found by the archaeologists and students and looks into the remote sensing and archaeological methods used during the Field School at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Spring/Summer 2011. The Field School was a partnership between the National Park Service, the Guilford Battleground Company, and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

The archaeological investigation looked to find the actual site of the historic Courthouse for which this Revolutionary War battle was named. Additional objectives included definitively locating the 3id line of Battle where the American Continental Soldiers faced the troops of General Cornwallis in the last action of the battle; and finding out more information on the historic town of Martinville which was located on the site for a short time after the battle.

The public is invited to come and see this free exhibit to learn about the battle, research methods in archaeology and remote sensing, and see why preserving our heritage is so important..

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The Annual Guilford Courthouse Revolutionary War Lecture Series will be presented at 7:00pm Wednesday March 14-Friday March 16 in the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park  Visitor Center. Author/ historians Scott Liell, John Hairr, and Don Hagist are featured this year. Their books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Reservations are required. Follow the link below for details of the event and reservation information.

Click on this link for the schedule.

46 Pages, Thomas Paine - Liell

Scott Liell

“Thomas Paine, a native of Thetford, England, arrived in America’s colonies with little in the way of money, reputation, or prospects, though he did have a letter of recommendation in his pocket from Benjamin Franklin. Paine also had a passion for liberty in all its forms, and an abiding hatred of tyranny. His forceful, direct expression of those principles found voice in a pamphlet he wrote entitled Common Sense, which proved to be the most influential political work of the time. Ultimately, Paine’s treatise provided inspiration to the second Continental Congress for the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. 46 Pages is a dramatic look at a pivotal moment in our country’s formation, a scholar’s meticulous recreation of the turbulent years leading up to the Revolutionary War, retold with excitement and new insight”. Amazon

Col Davis Fanning - Hairr

John Hairr

“In this book, award winning writer and historian John Hairr traces the life of the famous Loyalist partisan from his birth in Virginia and childhood in Johnston County, North Carolina, to his death in Digby, Nova Scotia. Fanning’s exploits during the Revolutionary War in the Carolinas are thoroughly chronicled. Hairr includes accounts of action at Ninety Six, Lindley’s Fort, King’s Mountain, Great Cane Brake and Musgroves Mill in South Carolina; Beatti’s Bridge, Elizabethtown, Brown Marsh and House in the Horseshoe from North Carolina. Fanning’s trials and tribulations from Florida to New Brunswick, and his final years in Nova Scotia, are all recorded”. Amazon

Roger Lamb - Hagist

Don Hagist
“Roger Lamb is one of the most-often quoted sources for the British soldier’s experience during the American Revolution. This edition is an abridged and completely annotated version of Roger Lamb’s two books; A Journal of Occurrences during the Late American War (1809) and Memoir of My Own Life (1811). Lamb’s wartime experiences have been culled from each book and blended together chronologically to form a highly readable, exciting and authentic narrative of the American Revolution.
The text of A British Soldier’s Story is taken verbatim from Roger Lamb’s own writings. The introduction includes background material on Lamb, plus an overview of the weapons, tactics, uniforms and accouterments used by the British Army during the American Revolution”. Ballandalloch Press

Reservations are required.  336.288.1776

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