(Lifted on a quick glance from History.com)
BATTLE OF GUILFORD COURTHOUSE: MARCH 15, 1781
At the Battle of Guilford Courthouse on March 15, 1781, some 1,900 British soldiers under Cornwallis went on the offensive against Greenes 4,400 to 4,500 Continental troops and militia. The battle raged for around two hours before Greene ordered his troops to retreat, giving the British a tactical victory but enabling Greenes army to remain mostly intact. More than 25 percent of Cornwalliss men were killed, wounded or captured during the battle. One British statesman, Charles James Fox (1749-1806), said of this result: Another such victory would ruin the British army.