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I live in a spot that it seems there’s no direct way to get to. It’s like a triangle and I live in the middle of one side. Therefore to get to it you can either go right (on Lawndale) and take a left (on Lake Brandt Road) or go left (on Battleground) and take a right (on Lake Brandt Road.)
They take about the same amount of time but the grocery store and all that is on Lawndale and Kevin always goes that way. I, however, often like to go the other way and meander through the park.
What park? Guilford Battleground National Park! You see, it’s very pretty and green and it always makes me think of history. It’s amazing how much history is all around us and we never notice.
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse, while small, was actually a VERY important battle for America’s Independence. Here’s why:
The battle lasted only ninety minutes. The British were outnumbered more than two to one, yet defeated the American force; however, in doing so they lost over a quarter of their men.
The British, by taking ground with their accustomed tenacity when engaged with superior numbers, were tactically victorious. Seeing this as a classic Pyrrhic victory, British Whig Party leader and war critic Charles James Fox echoed Plutarch‘s famous words by saying, “Another such victory would ruin the British Army!”
And in fact, the depletion of his forces led to his army’s eventual loss. So you see? I bet some of you live right near battlefields that you never even think of.
I remember that I once had a business trip to Vicksburg, Mississippi when I worked for International Paper Company. I was traveling with another person and I told them that after work we were going to check out the battlefield. They couldn’t believe it but I hadn’t ever been there before and my dad was a big history buff. We spent tons of time going to battlefields to check out the history of the US and also the Civil War.
So next time you pass a historic site, just check it out. It’s pretty interesting although I don’t go to the reenactments. Although once, Kevin and Daniel and I went out to dinner and it was pouring rain and we discovered the “British” were eating out at the same restaurant we were at instead of getting sopping wet by their campfires (which they were really supposed to be doing). No wonder they won the battle!
You’re welcome for the history lesson.