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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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For those of us who were not around when President George Washington made his first visit to Guilford Courthouse 231 years ago, Charles Rodenbough, a GBC Board member, historian, and author provides us with the background and setting for his visit.

President George Washington came to North Carolina in mid-April 1791 mid-way through his tour of the Southern states. The year before he had made a similar tour through the North. His two trips were calculated to take on the structure of a “royal progress” that might have been made by a British monarch in an earlier generation designed to display a King in the flesh. The concept of a President or a Constitution was new to everyone in the United States and Washington sought to portray himself as a personification. His very image set the tone for what a President should and would be, not in uniform or regal robes, but a citizen of character in common concern with the people. He had come South by way of a coastal route and now he was returning from Georgia through the Western portions of the states. He came to Martinville (Guilford Courthouse) specifically to look over the battlefield at Guilford Courthouse. Washington and General Nathanael Greene had a running disagreement on battle tactics. Greene, taking his lead from the success of General Daniel Morgan at Cowpens, had deployed his local Militia troops at Guilford in two lines in front of his Regulars. Washington in similar situations had preferred to place his regulars in a frontal battle line and use his militiamen to fill gaps or points of weakness. Beyond this desire to compare the strategy of his trusted General, Washington had a distinct ulterior motive in coming to Guilford County. He sought to take the pulse of the masses of subsistence farmers who had poured into the mountains and southern Piedmont and were almost uniformly suspicious of distant governments of any kind. Governor Alexander Martin could be for Washington his authority on the attitude of the Governor’s own constituency. The new money policies of Alexander Hamilton had become manifest in their world in the form of speculators in land and Continental securities who were swindling them of what they had earned for their service in the Revolution. Perhaps even more important were taxes which had been levied against the one thing they could convert in quantity in order to produce cash – whiskey. Washington had a right to be concerned because he was soon to face a Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania and a similar public protest in Massachusetts in Shay’s Rebellion. From Guilford, Washington moved on to Speedwell Iron Works in Rockingham County for breakfast and then back to Mount Vernon.

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Its early in the analysis of the findings from the archaeological dig at the GCHNMP, and “no” the old courthouse has not  been located, yet. But some  interesting discoveries have been made. (See previous Posting) Several footings were unearthed including the one in the photo. Much of this site was excavated by Rachel Smith and Rebecca Lowe

Rachel Smith and Rebecca Lowe at footing they have excavated

Dr. Linda Stine, leader of the archaeological team of students from UNCG, reports that among the items unearthed “we found a lovely fragment of clear goblet base, probably cut glass; a fragment of olive green bottle glass (both most likely 18th century); a handful of early hand-made wrought nails and some small fragments of ceramics (1780-1830 etc.). ”

The major purpose of this expedition is to locate the site of the Guilford Courthouse building which was extant at the time of the battle. Other information gleaned from the study will contribute to our knowledge of the area during that period.

Old Foundation excavated

This archaeological study is financed in part by a contribution from the Guilford Battleground Company. The GBC appreciates the financial support of its members and other contributors which allows the GBC to fund this significant  historical research in the park. As additional information on the dig becomes available, we will report in  News and Notes.

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The recently dedicated General Greene Library  located in the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park is now open each Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday during the hours of 10:00am-4:00pm. Appointments to open  at other times  may be made by calling 336.288.1776.

The library is staffed by volunteer librarians who are continuing to catalog  the collection. Its focus is on American history prior to 1830.Judie DavieWright

Judie DavieWright is serving as one of the volunteers in the library

Whether your are writing a book or researching a paper about this period you may find just the information you need.  If you are interested in volunteering in the Nathanael Greene Library, please contact Nancy Stewart at the park by phone (336-288-1776) or email (Nancy_Stewart@partner.nps.gov).

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On March 23, 2011 Guilford Courthouse NMP opened the new Nathanael Greene Library to the public. The Park is committed to making this resource available on a regular basis, but  needs the help of volunteers to make that a reality. Our plan is to begin by opening every Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Those interested in volunteering are asked to commit to three-hour shifts (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and/or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) once a week or once a month. Certainly, if you’d like to volunteer more, we’ll be happy to discuss the possibility! Once there are sufficient volunteer staff to maintain these hours on Friday and Saturday every week, the park will work toward opening regular hours on additional weekdays. In the meantime, access to the Library will be by appointment only.

Nancy Stewart discusses some features of the new library with GBC board members Bill Moore and Charles Rodenbough

Duties of Library Volunteers: In addition to being present in the research area, duties include, but may not be limited to the following:

• Re-shelve books.
• Assist researchers in finding books.
• Assist researchers in finding battle participant information.
• Make copies or facilitate copying material for researchers, as needed.
• Explain Library policies to researchers and assist them to comply as needed. To protect the library collection, certain restrictions will apply. Volunteers will be responsible to see that researchers comply with these restrictions and that NPS staff are notified immediately if a problem occurs. (Example: Purses, backpacks, briefcases, etc. will not be allowed in the research rooms. We will provide paper and pencils as needed and show visitors where they can store personal items.)

No prior experience is necessary,   all necessary training will provide to the  volunteers by park staff. In addition, during your shift, you will have the opportunity to research in the library yourself!

If you are interested in volunteering in the Nathanael Greene Library, please contact Nancy Stewart at the park by phone (336-288-1776) or email (Nancy_Stewart@partner.nps.gov).

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On March 23, 2011 the Nathanael Greene Library at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park opened its doors to the public.  The focus of the Library’s collection is the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.  The Nathanael Greene Library is one of only two libraries in the United States concentrating on the Southern Campaign that is open to the public.  The collection includes items like the newly published Cornwallis Papers (donated by the N.C. Society of the Cincinnati) and the 13-volume Nathanael Greene Papers. The library is housed in the former park superintendent’s house. An extensive renovation of the house to prepare it for a library and research center was  recently completed.

Park Supt. Charles Cranfield and GBC President Frank Mascia at the opening ceremony.

Persons interested in donating relevant books or materials to the collection should contact John Durham, Park Historian or Nancy Stewart.

Presently the library is open by appointment only.  Plans are underway to begin regular hours of operation this spring (see related article on volunteering).  Appointments can be made by contacting Nancy Stewart at the park’s Visitor Center (336-288-1776).

To view a brief video of the opening follow the link below.


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