Dunn in Harnett County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Averasboro
Union Route to Bentonville
—Carolinas Campaign —
(Preface): The Carolinas Campaign began on February 1, 1865, when Union Gen. William T. Sherman led his army north from Savannah, Georgia, after the “March to the Sea.” Sherman’s objective was to join Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in Virginia to crush Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Scattered Confederate forces consolidated in North Carolina, the Confederacy’s logistical lifeline, where Sherman defeated Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s last-ditch attach at Bentonville. After Sherman was reinforced at Goldsboro late in March, Johnston saw the futility of further resistance and surrendered on April 26, essentially ending the Civil War.
Gen. William T. Sherman’s Left Wing, the U.S. Army’s XIV and XX Corps, marched past this point on March 17, 1865. The determined Confederate resistance at
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 17.842′ N, 78° 35.882′ W. Marker is in Dunn, North Carolina, in Harnett County. Marker is at the intersection of Harnett-Dunn Highway (U.S. 55) and Paul Green Memorial Highway (North Carolina Route 421), on the left when traveling east on Harnett-Dunn Highway. Click for map. Marker is in the parking lot of the East Pointe Shopping Center. Marker is in this post office area: Dunn NC 28334, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. G. B. Cashwell (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Averasboro (approx. 2.2 miles away); Sherman's March (approx. 2.2 miles away); Draughon Cross Roads (approx. 3.3 miles away); Lebanon (approx. 4.5 miles away); Averasboro Battlefield Museum (approx. 4.7 miles away); North Carolina (approx. 4.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Averasboro (approx. 4.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dunn.
More about this marker. The marker displays portraits of Gens. Sherman, Johnston, and Hampton around a campaign map depicting the movements described in the text.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Averasboro. Civil War Album offers several pages of photos from the Averasboro battlefield. (Submitted on January 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Civil War Traveler. North Carolina Civil War Trails. (Submitted on March 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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