In March of 1781, General Nathanael Greene, Washington’s commander in the Southern Campaign, had drawn Cornwallis into the North Carolina back-country. Weaken from his stinging loss to Daniel Morgan two months earlier at the Cowpens in South Carolina, Cornwallis was also 125 miles beyond his nearest supply line.
Cornwallis and Greene met March 15th near Guilford Courthouse. Local militia fired two volleys and then fell back to the American second line of Continental regulars. Though dense woods broke the American & British lines into smaller skirmishes, after intense fighting, the British pushed forward to below the American Third line.
At the Third Line, the Americans fiercely defended the higher ground at Guildford Courthouse. As Cornwallis began to reformed his line for a final assault, Greene realized his army could be lost if he continued the fight. He was able to exit the battleground with little pressure. Though Cornwallis had won the field, he had also lost 25% of his army.
Further weakened, Cornwallis would give up on the Carolinas and march northeast to take Virginia. Cornered by the French at sea and the perusing Continentals on land, Cornwallis was forced to surrender during the Siege of Yorktown, Virginia in October of 1781.
This first post features reenactors from the 6th North Carolina Regiment, officially called the North Carolina Reenactment Society, based out of Charlotte, NC. The Regiment members portray American, British and sometimes Scottish and German troops, as well as eighteenth century crafts, cooking and encampments.
For this post, I decide to process the images to emulate a desaturated, vintage Kodachrome film stock. A distressed black border gives the compositions an antique, weathered feel. The processing and overall feel of these images looks much better in hi-res. Click on any image to see a higher resolution version from my portfolio site.
I have several more compositions from the reenactment to share in forthcoming posts. Thank you for stopping by today!