The Battle Begins

The Battle Begins (HM7GH)

Location: Greensboro, NC 27410 Guilford County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 7.891', W 79° 50.825'

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Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

You are standing 200 yards behind the first American line, which stood looking across what was then an open field. A quarter-mile away the British arrived and formed well-ordered ranks on either side of New Garden Road. To the untrained North Carolina militia - citizen-soldiers - the approaching redcoats appeared confident and lethally professional.

The battle began with a terrifying exchange of canon fire, the roll of drums, and a clear view of British bayonets.

As the redcoats advanced, an American volley tore holes in their ranks, but the battle-hardened soldiers closed the gaps and at fifty yards fired a return volley into the patriot line.

The British then charged with bayonets lowered, and the center of the American line panicked and ran. From an American perspective, the battle got off to a disastrous start.
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HM NumberHM7GH
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Placed ByGuilford Courthouse National Military Park, National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 9:21pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 603738 N 3999151
Decimal Degrees36.13151667, -79.84708333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 7.891', W 79° 50.825'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 7' 53.46" N, 79° 50' 49.50" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)910, 336
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3999 New Garden Rd, Greensboro NC 27410, US
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