On this day, 229 years ago, in 1781, the Battle of Guilford Courthouse was fought in Greensboro, NC. While the British won the battle under General Cornwalis, the Americans, under General Nathaniel Greene, significantly weakened the British forces. The most famous quote from the battle by Cornwalis was, "I never saw such fighting since God made me. The Americans fought like demons." Great Britain had 93 killed and 413 wounded. The United States had 79 killed and 185 wounded.
This weekend over 400 Revolutionary War reenactors came from all over the country to participate. In addition to the actual reenactments of the battle, they had many interpretive programs teaching onlookers about the ways of life in 18th century America. From cooking to music and dancing and military life, the historical presentations was lively, engaging, and accurate. Reenacters slept in small white tents in the area of Guilford Court House National Military Park.
When we visited early Sunday morning, we expected to see people who were frustrated and wet from the downpour this weekend. On the contrary, reenacters and interpreters were dressed, sloshing around in the mud, preparing for the day with a smile on their face. Miraculously, their small white tents seemed dry. Above we see the "red coats" preparing to march. If you missed the event this year, book mark it for next year as it is well worth attending-- and free.