Weldon in Halifax County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Wilmington & Weldon RR Trestle
—Confederate Lifeline —
The Wilmington and Weldon Railroad was the most important of the railroads that intersected in Weldon. From Wilmington, the South's last open seaport, this railroad became an increasingly vital supply corridor for the Army of Northern Virginia during the last years of the war. After blockade runners slipped into Wilmington, their cargoes were transported by rail through Weldon to the besieged Confederates in Petersburg, Virginia. Recognizing the vital importance of this route, Gen. Robert E. Lee called it "the Lifeline of the Confederacy." Despite the bridge's importance as a Federal military objective, it survived the war unscathed.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 25.784′ N, 77° 35.54′ W. Marker is in Weldon, North Carolina, in Halifax County. Marker is on U.S. 158, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Weldon NC 27890, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roanoke Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Railroad (approx. ¼ mile away); Weldon Railroads (approx. ¼ mile away); Wilmington and Weldon Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rockfish Capital of the World (approx. 0.4 miles away); Benjamin S. Turner (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Roanoke Canal (approx. 4.3 miles away); a different marker also named Roanoke Canal (approx. 4.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Weldon.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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