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Washington in Beaufort County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
USS Picket
Battle of Washington
 
USS <i>Picket</i> Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2013
1. USS Picket Marker
 
Inscription. During the summer of 1892, Union forces firmly controlled eastern North Carolina, with garrisons stationed at Plymouth, Washington, New Bern and elsewhere. Federal detachments raided the countryside at will, while Confederate authorities struck back with raids of their own. One such action occurred here at Washington on September 6, when Confederate Maj. Stephen D. Pool led 1,000 infantry, cavalry, and artillery against the 1,200-man garrison. Concealed by early morning fog, Pool and his men slipped past Federal pickets and into town. Once the shooting started, sleepy Union soldiers stumbled into the streets and began a confused, uncoordinated defense. Eventually the haze lifted enough for two Federal gunboats, Picket and Louisiana, to shell the Confederates. Suddenly, Picket's magazine exploded, killing Capt. Sylvester Nicoll and nineteen crewmen and wounding six others.

   The Confederates cheered, "Washington is ours!" Soon, however Federal reinforcements arrived to turn the tide. Col. Edward E. Potter, 1st Regiment North Carolina Union Volunteers, was leading five cavalry companies and an artillery battery from Washington to Plymouth when he heard the sound of gunfire. He turned his detachment around and, after more than two hours of hard fighting, drove the Confederates from
 
"Washington on the Tar River" Photo, Click for full size
By USS Picket Marker, `
2. "Washington on the Tar River"
 
Washington. Confederate casualties were 31 killed, 30 wounded, and 24 taken prisoner, while the Federals lost 26 killed, 55 wounded, and 12 captured.
 
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 35° 32.579′ N, 77° 3.517′ W. Marker is in Washington, North Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on West Stewart Parkway near West Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington NC 27889, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Daniel G. Fowle (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Attack On Washington (about 500 feet away); Havens Memorial Building (about 600 feet away); Siege Of Washington (about 600 feet away); C. C. Cambreleng (approx. 0.2 miles away); John H. Small (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Gray Blount (approx. 0.2 miles away); DeMille Family (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
 
Washington, N.C. "showing the rebel batteries...." Photo, Click for full size
By USS Picket Marker, `
3. Washington, N.C. "showing the rebel batteries...."
 
 
USS Picket, shown at right .... Photo, Click for full size
By USS Picket Marker, `
4. USS Picket, shown at right ....
 
 
USS <i>Picket</i> Marker along the Pamlico River Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2013
5. USS Picket Marker along the Pamlico River
 
 
USS <i>Picket</i> Marker along West Stewart Parkway, looking south Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2013
6. USS Picket Marker along West Stewart Parkway, looking south
 
 
Washington map Photo, Click for full size
By USS Picket Marker, April 19, 2013
7. Washington map
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 185 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 1, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
 
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