Today, we're sharing another photo from the Reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse from this past weekend. The soldier on the left is the munitions person who would swab down the cannon with water to make sure that sparks didn't ignite and start a fire (a dangerous task). The red munitions box is being carried off the field and the cannon is about to be put away for another year.
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse was said to have been the most contested battle of the Southern Campaign. The British won the battle with their 1,900 troops against the American militia of 4,500; however, by retreating, General Greene was able to regroup and preserve the strength of his army.* As the saying goes, "we lost the battle, but won the war."
History is so much easier to learn when it is brought to life by these dedicated volunteers. Fortunately, Sunday's weather was warm and sunny and the event was well attended.
* reference and additional information, here.