Fragmented Attack

Fragmented Attack (HM7GI)

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

N 36° 7.765', W 79° 50.826'

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Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

Among these trees you may find it difficult to stay oriented to the battlefield. The combatants faced the same problem. Stationed here on the left flank of the American First Line, Lt. Col. Henry Lee and his legion of cavalry and infantry had orders to withdraw and support the second line after the first line gave way. Disoriented by the thick woods and chase of battle, Lee's forces veered southeast and missed the left flank of the second line.

This confusion had serious consequences for both armies. A large contingent of redcoats and Hessians split off from the main British advance and pursued Lee's Legion in a separate running battle. That action fragmented the British attack. Both sides' battle plans began to unravel.

"The country in general presented a wilderness, covered with tall woods, which were rendered intricate by shrubs and thick underbrush, but which was interspersed here and there, by a few scattered plantations and cleared fields."
- British Annual Register for 1781
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HM NumberHM7GI
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Placed ByGuilford Courthouse National Military Park, National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 12:16pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 603740 N 3998918
Decimal Degrees36.12941667, -79.84710000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 7.765', W 79° 50.826'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 7' 45.90" N, 79° 50' 49.56" W
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Area Code(s)910, 336
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3615-3899 Old Battleground Rd, Greensboro NC 27410, US
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