Maggie Valley in Haywood County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Kirk reached Waynesville on February 4 and sacked the town, ordering his men to burn the home of Revolutionary War hero Colonel Robert Love. The raiders also opened the Waynesville jail, liberated its prisoners (mostly local Unionists confined by Confederate authorities), and destroyed the building.
After wreaking havoc on the village of Waynesville, Kirk marched his troops toward Tennessee and camped at Balsam Gap, where a small contingent of Home Guards and farmers attacked the raiders. Kirk retreated first to Waynesville and then to Soco Gap. As Kirk approached Soco Gap, Lt. Robert T. Conley's sharpshooters of Thomas's Legion attacked. Kirk ordered a swift retreat to Balsam Gap, where the Federals escaped into Tennessee less than a week after the raid began.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 31.266′ N, 83° 6.403′ W. Marker is in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, in Haywood County. Marker is on Soco Road (North Carolina Route 19). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Maggie Valley NC 28751, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Felix Walker (approx. 2.3 miles away); Qualla Boundary (approx. 3.3 miles away); Browning Knob (approx. 4.8 miles away); Rutherford Trace (approx. 5.9 miles away); Waynesville Engagement (approx. 6.3 miles away); Turpin's Chapel - Maple Grove United Methodist Church (approx. 6.7 miles away); Martin's Surrender (approx. 7 miles away); Thomas's Resting Place (approx. 7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Maggie Valley.
More about this marker. In the upper center are portraits of Col. George W. Krick and Lt. Robert T. Conley. A portrait of Solomon Finger is inside the sidebar. A map of the Maggie Valley area is on the lower left.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,580 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 23, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.