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James Gillis Monument, Photo by Adam Domby
James Gillies Monument
Guilford Courthouse

View complete article and references at Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina at: https://docsouth.unc.edu/commland/monument/128

Description: A bas-relief of Gillies riding a horse and blowing his bugle is located above the inscription on this diamond-shaped stone monument .

Nickname: Bugle Boy Monument or Light Horse Harry Lee's Bugler-Boy Monument

Inscription:
GILLIES / LIGHTHORSE HARRY LEE'S BUGLER-BOY / DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI"* / ERECTED BY THE LITERARY / SOCIETIES AND ALUMNI OF / OAK RIDGE INSTITUTE MAY 6TH 1898 TO THE / MEMORY OF THE GALLANT FILLIES WHO / FELL UNDER THE SWORDS OF TARLETON'S / DRAGOONS NEAR OAK RIDGE, N.C. / FEB. 13TH 1781, A NOBLE / SACRIFICE / TO HIS OWN / GENEROSITY AND FOR / HIS COUNTRY'S / FREEDOM. / *"SWEET AND FITTING IT IS TO DIE FOR ONE'S COUNTRY."

Dedication date: May 6, 1898

Creator: b

Materials & Techniques: Granite, bronze.

Sponsor: Athenian and Philomathean Societies of Oak Ridge Institute

Subject notes: Gillies was a young soldier serving for '÷Light-horse Harry' Lee's cavalry. He was killed in Guilford County by Tarleton's dragoons during a retreat prior to the battle of Guilford Courthouse on February 12, 1781.

Location: Faces North.

Landscape: This particular monument is located in a row of similar structures that include the "No North-No South Monument, the Turner monument, and the Captain James Morehead (tent) monument.

City: Greensboro

County: Guilford

Subjects: Revolutionary War

Latitude: 
36.13189
Longitude: 
-79.84632
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