Plymouth in Washington County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Plymouth
Strategic Port & Transportation Center
Since 1862, the U.S. Army had occupied Plymouth, a strategic port and transportation center in a rich agricultural region. By 1864, the Roanoke River and the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad comprised “The Lifeline of the Confederacy” for Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army in Virginia. To protect that lifeline, Lee dispatched Hoke to dislodge the Union garrison at Plymouth, about 3,000 men under Gen. William H. Wessells. The Federals had constructed an extensive system of forts, redoubts, and trenches, and five gunboats under Commander Charles W. Flusser helped protect the town. Hoke had about 13,000 troops and the ironclad ram CSS Albemarle, newly christened and untested in battle.
The fighting began on Sunday, April 17, and continued until Wednesday. The Albemarle rammed and sank the gunboat Southfield on April 19, and Flusser was killed during the action. Hoke and Ransom carried most of the fortifications, and Wessells hoisted the white
May 17, 1862.
U.S. occupation begins.
Dec. 10, 1862.
Confederates capture Plymouth but withdraw.
Apr. 17–20, 1864.
Battle of Plymouth; U.S. forces surrender.
Oct. 27–28, 1864.
U.S. Lt. William B. Cushing sinks CSS Albemarle.
Oct. 31, 1864.
U.S. Army forces reoccupy Plymouth.
Local craftsmen constructed the 3/8-scale, 63-foot-long CSS Albemarle replica displayed here. They began work in September 2001 and finished in April 2002. The gun-port shutters operate and a gun crew inside the casemate can roll out the guns and fire them.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Location. 35° 52.12′ N, 76° 44.868′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, North Carolina, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Water Street and Madison Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located at the entrance to the Port O’ Plymouth Roanoke River Museum. Marker is
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Replica 6.4 inch Brooke Rifled Canon (a few steps from this marker); Siege of Plymouth, NC (within shouting distance of this marker); CSS Albemarle (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named CSS Albemarle (within shouting distance of this marker); Rt. Rev. Alfred Augustin Watson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Latham House (about 600 feet away); Cushing’s Torpedo (about 600 feet away); Washington County Courthouse (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Plymouth.
More about this marker. On the left are portraits of "Comm. Charles Flusser", "Comm. James Cooke" and "Gen. Robert F. Hoke".
On the right is "Harper’s image of the capture of Plymouth."
Also see . . . Battle of Plymouth. Washington County TDA (Submitted on July 1, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.