About This Lesson
This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file "Guilford Courthouse National Military Park," the National Park Service's visitor's guide, and Another Such Victory by Thomas E. Baker. It was written by Thomas E. Baker, a former Park Ranger and Educational Coordinator at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. TwHP is sponsored, in part, by the Cultural Resources Training Initiative and Parks as Classrooms programs of the National Park Service. This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into the classrooms across the country.
Where it fits into the curriculum
Topics: The lesson could be used in units on the Revolutionary War or in courses on conflict resolution. Students will practice skills using and evaluating primary sources from the 18th and 19th centuries and in analyzing judgments and decisions made by historical figures.
Time period: Late 18th century
Relevant United States History Standards for Grades 5-12
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Objectives for students
1) To analyze conflicting written evidence and make reasoned judgments of the essential facts about the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.
2) To analyze statistical data to draw conclusions about the outcome of the battle.
3) To assess the aftermath of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse and explain its effect on the outcome of the Revolutionary War.
4) To examine their own community for monuments erected to commemorate wars.
Materials for students
The materials listed below either can be used directly on the computer or can be printed out, photocopied, and distributed to students. The maps and images appear twice: in a low-resolution version with associated questions and alone in a larger, high-resolution version.
1) two maps of Guilford Courthouse and the battlefield;
2) three readings describing the battle, the generals' report on the battle, and other public and private judgements about what happened;
3) two photographs of Cavalry Monument and the General Greene Monument.
Visiting the site
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, administered by the National Park Service, is located on U.S. Highway 220 North, in Greensboro, North Carolina. The park is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the year, except January 1 and December 25. For more information, write the Superintendent, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, 2332 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC 24710-2355 or visit the park's Web page.