“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jackson in Northampton County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Battle of Jackson

Caught Bathing at Boone's Mill

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By Dave Twamley, July 17, 2010
1. Battle of Jackson Marker
Inscription. On July 28, 1863, Union Col. Samuel P. Spear's cavalrymen came thundering through Jackson from Federal-occupied Winton to destroy the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad Bridge over the Roanoke River at Weldon. Confederate Gen. Matt W. Ransom and his staff raced just ahead of them in a running shootout, having been surprised half a mile from town. As Ransom galloped across the mill tail bridge shouting orders, a few of his men, bathing in the millpond, were likewise surprised when bullets began splashing the water around them, and they started scrambling for their weapons.

Not all the Confederates were caught with their clothes off, however. Four companies of the 24th North Carolina Infantry were entrenched near the millpond, while Ransom had eight companies of the 49th North Carolina in reserve. The Confederates also had two Macon Light Artillery guns. Skirmishers advanced against the Federals, but the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry and two guns from Stewart's Mounted Battery soon pushed them back. As the Pennsylvanians formed for a mounted attack, Spear arrived with the 10th New York Mounted Rifles. The other seven guns of the Federal battery joined the shelling of the earthworks. After the artillery barrage, Spear's flanking attempts failed on the Confederate left and right. Since it was late in the day and his force was in an isolated
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By Dave Twamley, July 17, 2010
2. Battle of Jackson Marker
position, Spear withdrew with three dead and a few wounded through Jackson to Deloatche's Mill at present day Creeksville. The next day he returned to Murfreesboro and then to Winton, which the Federals evacuated the day after. Ransom had one man killed. The Boone's Mill fight saved the Weldon Railroad Bridge, allowing much-needed supplies to continue on to Richmond.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 22.646′ N, 77° 27.152′ W. Marker is in Jackson, North Carolina, in Northampton County. Marker is on U.S. 158 half a mile west of Barrows Mill Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jackson NC 27845, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boon's Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry K. Burgwyn (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sir Archie (approx. mile away); Thomas Bragg (approx. 2 miles away); Northampton County Courthouse (approx. 2 miles away); Matt W. Ransom (approx. 2.2 miles away); Caledonia (approx. 7.5 miles away); Halifax Runaway Ads (approx. 8.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jackson.
Categories. War, US Civil
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By Dave Twamley, July 17, 2010
3. Battle of Jackson Marker
Boone's Millpond
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dave Twamley of Durham, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 675 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dave Twamley of Durham, North Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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