Posted by: showbizkid
N 36° 07.793 W 079° 50.871
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Quick Description: The final resting place of a local soldier at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and the source of a local legend.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 5/2/2006 10:43:12 AM
Waymark Code: WMBTC
Colonel Arthur Forbis was a member of local North Carolina troops who formed the first defensive line against the British at the battle of Guilford Courthouse. The grave marker is along the auto tour route shortly after you leave the Visitor Center.
The marker reads:
In Honor of - Col. Arthur Forbis of the N.C. Troops who Fell at his Post in the Discharge of Duty. On this Memorable Field of Battle. March 15, 1781.
There is strong local tradition about Forbis and the man who is alleged to have killed him in battle. It seems that a local man named Jacob Schumacher or Shoemaker who was a Tory (British loyalist) and lived near Arthur Forbis, killed Forbis in battle. Forbis's neighbors, who were Whigs (supporters of independence from Britain) are said to have captured and killed Shoemaker in revenge.
It is known from tax records that Forbis's widow was given food aid by the state as a widow of a colonial soldier in the years following the battle. Jacob Shoemaker is listed as working on a grant survey in the area at the time of the battle and may have lived in Guilford Courthouse. Even if it's not true, the tradition does have a basis in fact and it makes a nice local legend.
To record your own visit to this waymark, respectfully take a photo of the grave marker and post it, along with some comments about your visit. Logs must contain photos or will be archived.
PLEASE NOTE: This category is for American Revolutionary War Veterans only. Veterans of other revolutions are not part of this category.
I have allowed one entry for a grave of British solders, but it was an exception. Please only list graves for Colonial soldiers.
Simply visit the locations. Please provide as much information as possible. Pictures would be a great addition.