Tomorrow is primary day in North Carolina. Thursday March 17, 2016, is St. Patrick’s Day. But tomorrow is also the 235th anniversary of the battle at Guilford Courthouse, close to Greensboro, North Carolina. That would be March 15, 1781.
I’ve written up the battle already but somehow I keep going back to Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. It was the first Revolutionary national park created in 1917, which is amazing in itself. Most of the country might think of Concord and Lexington in Massachusetts as deserving of that honor.
But as with most eastern parks, Guilford Courthouse was saved by private money and effort. In addition, revolutionary war parks were used to either unify the country or push sectional concerns after the Civil War.
Witness this memorial to the left, placed outside the visitor center which says “no North, no South”.
It refers to the fact that during the American Revolution, patriots set aside their sectional differences. George Washington, a southerner, led mostly northern troops. Nathanael Greene, whose statue is above, commanded southern troops.
So happy anniversary Guilford Courthouse. Once an area becomes a national park, it won’t be forgotten.