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Goldsboro in Wayne County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Attack of the 17th Massachusetts

 

—Battle of Goldsborough Bridge —

 
Attack of the 17th Massachusetts Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 27, 2010
1. Attack of the 17th Massachusetts Marker
Inscription. It was along the top of this railroad embankment that one Union regiment, the 17th Massachusetts, approached the railroad bridge one quarter mile to your left. As the men of the 17th fought their way along the top of the embankment they came under heavy fire from Confederate troops who had taken refuge in the tree line behind you. One survivor of the regiment recalled: “from the skirt of woods bordering the field on the left, came whiz-z-z, a volley of musketry fired by file, followed in a half a minute’s time by another volley delivered at once....And then commenced a scene that it would be vain to attempt to describe....In less time than I can relate it, every man who was not wounded, had jumped, tumbled headlong or rolled over into the ditch at the right of the track and the regiment was thrown into the wildest confusion.” After regaining their composure, the Massachusetts men began to “commence a rapid fire upon the enemy, using the elevated bed of the railroad as a breastwork.” To add to their woes, the 17th was also subjected to artillery fire from a railroad car fitted with a cannon which was located at the entrance of the railroad bridge to your left and was firing down the tracks. One Union soldier noted that this gun “sent its bolts with such earnest precision as to force us to leave
Attack of the 17th Massachusetts Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 27, 2010
2. Attack of the 17th Massachusetts Marker
The current railroad line embankment runs behind the marker.
the track and hug the embankment.”
 
Erected by the Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield Association.
 
Location. 35° 20.304′ N, 78° 1.536′ W. Marker is in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in Wayne County. Marker is on Old Mt. Olive Highway south of U.S. 117, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goldsboro NC 27530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Union Assault on the Bridge (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Counterattack (about 700 feet away); Battle of Goldsborough Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Goldsboro Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Waynesborough (approx. 2.6 miles away); General Baptist State Convention (approx. 3.2 miles away); Gertrude Weil (approx. 3.4 miles away); First Pentecostal Holiness Church Congregation (approx. 3.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Goldsboro.
 
More about this marker. This is stop 2 on The Battle of Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield walking tour.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Detail from the Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Detail from the Marker
“Confederate railroad artillery similar to this defended the bridge.” Library of Congress photograph.
Attack of the 17th Massachusetts Marker and Railroad Embankment image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 27, 2010
4. Attack of the 17th Massachusetts Marker and Railroad Embankment
The bridge over the Neuse River is to the left.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 728 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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