Joseph Winston

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Col. Joseph Winston

Col. Joseph Winston[1] (June 17, 1746 in Louisa County, Virginia – April 21, 1815 near Germanton, North Carolina) was an American pioneer, planter and Revolutionary War hero from North Carolina, and the first cousin of statesman and Virginia governor Patrick Henry.[2] In 1766, Winston moved to the northern part of Rowan County, North Carolina, the area which subsequently became the current Stokes County, North Carolina.

During the American Revolutionary War he was a major, leading a company of riflemen in several important battles, including the Battle of Kings Mountain and the Battle of Guilford Court House. Winston later represented North Carolina as a U.S. Congressman and also served in the North Carolina Senate. He is buried in the National Park at the site of the Battle of Guilford Court House, where a monument erected in 1893 notes Winston's command of the militia forces.[3] The town of Winston, North Carolina (which later became part of Winston-Salem) is named for him.

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Monument to Major Joseph Winston, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

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