The impetus for studying the battle of Guilford Courthouse came to each of us in quite diverse ways. For Lawrence Babits, the first reference to Guilford Courthouse came from George A. Ferguson Jr., commander of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry (Gimlets), United States Army. As a young specialist 4th class, Babits put a Stonewall Brigade crest on his door. Ferguson asked about its significance and then commented that he lived just up the road from Guilford Courthouse. In some ways, it has taken over forty years to conclude what we started that afternoon in the B/1/21 orderly room.
For Joshua Howard, visiting Guilford as a child remains one of his earliest memories. Nearly thirty years ago, as his parents pushed him in a stroller across the battlefield grounds, neither they nor he had any idea that the world would come full circle as it has. Guilford Courthouse is truly where he “cut his teeth” in history, so it is only proper that he has attempted to return the favor and give something back.
Completing this work was a labor of love by many beyond the two authors. We have arbitrarily divided our thanks into categories that related to areas of expertise, but our associates cross these artificial boundaries on many occa-