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Battle of Guilford Courthouse

 

The Battle of Guilford Courthouse was a turning point in the British southern campaign during the American Revolutionary War. Fought on March 15, 1781, General Cornwallis led his troops against General Nathanael Greene in what is now Greensboro, North Carolina. While the battle was technically a blow to the American forces, who retreated from the battlefield, the win cost the British dearly in men and morale. Charles Fox, a British statesman remarked of the battle that, "Another such victory would be the ruin of the British army."

 

The National Park Service maintains the battle site as well as a museum and monument dedicated to the battle. Each year, the Park Service hosts a day of activities that includes reenactments and ceremonies commemorating the American victory and the Patriots that fell there. Historical organizations gather on this day to participate in a ceremony that pays homage to the sacrifices of our ancestors.

 

 

 

Virginia Observance at Guilford Courthouse

 

Members of the Fairfax Resolves Chapter traveled to North Carolina to participate in the 228th anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse conducted by the National Park service. Members of VASSAR, the VASSAR Colorguard, and numerous other organizations participated in the event. The ceremony, normally conducted outside, was moved indoors this year due to inclement weather, but still featured a Fife and Drum regiment and multi-state Colorguard.

 

Fairfax Resolves Members and VASSAR President Bill Simpson participating at the Guilford Courthouse ceremony: Dan Rolph, Bill Simpson, Larry McKinley, and Darrin Schmidt.

Fairfax Resolves Members and VASSAR President Bill Simpson participating at the Guilford Courthouse ceremony: Dan Rolph, Bill Simpson, Larry McKinley, and Darrin Schmidt.

Members of the Virgina Society attending the ceremony.

Members of the Virgina Society attending the ceremony.

Dan Rolph with his Brown Bess musket (left) presenting the Colors.

Dan Rolph with his Brown Bess musket (left) presenting the Colors.

The VASSAR Color Guard poses for a picture.

The VASSAR Color Guard poses for a picture.

The Fife and Drum Corps practices before the ceremony.

The Fife and Drum Corps practices before the ceremony.

Dan Rolph marching in with the Colors.

Dan Rolph marching in with the Colors.

 

Darrin Schmidt poses with the Fairfax Resolves Flag.

Darrin Schmidt poses with the Fairfax Resolves Flag.

 

 

 

 

2017 Fairfax Resolves Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution