2018 Battle of Guilford Courthouse Reenactment
Commemorate the 237th Anniversary Battle of Guilford Courthouse Reenactment on March 17-18 2018 at Greensboro Country Park in Greensboro, North Carolina. Over 300 Revolutionary War reenactors from across the country will muster for the Battle of Guilford Courthouse Reenactment and the scheduled events take place from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM each day. Other events related to the commenoration of the battle will be held at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and the Colonial Heritage Center.
Battle of Guilford Courthouse Reenactment
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse Reenactment is held partly on the Greensboro City Park, which is next to Guilford Courthouse Military Park. — at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. At 10:00 AM on Saturday, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park will honor those who fought on these grounds in a ceremony at the Nathanael Greene Monument. The program will feature Revolutionary War music performed by the Guilford Courthouse Fife & Drum Corps, a wreath-laying ceremony, and a volley of flintlock musket fire. Other weekend events include a variety of interpretive programs demonstrating military life, colonial life-ways, 18th century dancing, musical performances by the Guilford Courthouse Fife and Drum, firearms demonstrations, and guided walks of the battlefield. There will also be a dedication to the new Crown Forces Monument at 11:00 AM on Sunday. All three parks will have military encampments.
Do you love excitement, energy, and entertainment? If you do, you should attend the Battle of Guilford Courthouse Reenactment. Or even become a member of a reenactment group which participates in the event. Each year on the weekend nearest the anniversary of the battle, March 15, 1781, the Battle of Guilford Courthouse Reenactment attracts hundreds of participants and thousands of onlookers to see a live recreation of the original battle. From the opening cannon fusillades to the last solitary musket shot, there is a whirl of intense activity as the American and British troops fire, advance, attach bayonets, charge, retreat, reload and fire again amid the swirling smoke and acrid odor of gunpowder.
Like any great story, even if you know the ending, it is still captivating to see the action that brings you to the climax. But this event recreates a story of real life and death. Not only of the men who fought and died on this hallowed ground, but also of the end of an old way of life and the beginning of a new nation.
All activities are free to the public.
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse will be reenacted at 2:00 PM in Greensboro Country Park both Saturday and Sunday. Parking for the reenactment is available at Jaycee Park located at 3899 Jaycee Park Drive, Greensboro, NC 27455.
Location (Battle Reenactment)
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
2332 New Garden Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
Phone: (336) 288-1776
About the Battle of Guilford Courthouse
On March 15, 1781. the largest, most hotly-contested battle of the Revolutionary War’s Southern Campaign was fought at the small North Carolina backcounty hamlet of Guilford Courthouse. Major General Nathanael Greene, defending the ground at Guilford Courthouse with an army of almost 4,500 American militia and Continentals, was tactically defeated by a smaller British army of about 1,900 veteran regulars and German allies commanded by Lord Charles Cornwallis. After 2-1/2 hours of intense and often brutal fighting, Cornwallis forced his opponent to withdraw from the field. Greene’s retreat preserved the strength of his army, but Cornwallis’s frail victory was won at the cost of over 25% of his army.
Guilford Courthouse proved to be the highwater mark of British military operations in the Revolutionary War. Weakened in his campaign against Greene, Cornwallis abandoned the Carolinas hoping for success in Virginia. At Yorktown, seven months after his victory at Guilford Courthouse, Lord Cornwallis would surrender to the combined American and French forces under General George Washington.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Battle of Guilford Courthouse Reenactment in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Tags: Battle of Guilford Courthouse Reenactment, Revolutionary War Reenactment, Guilford Courthouse Battle Reenactment