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Greenville in Pitt County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Red Banks Church

“... suddenly and unexpectedly met the enemy”

 
 
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By Don Morfe, September 26, 2013
1. Red Banks Church Marker
Inscription. Federal expeditions frequently disrupted Confederate activities late in 1863. Union forces often assembled here at Red Banks Church because it was near Confederate camps. On December 17, 1863, a Federal attack near here on the camp of Co. H, 3rd North Carolina Cavalry, resulted in the capture of thirty-five men.

Union Col. Joseph M. McChesney with detachments from his command, the 1st North Carolina Volunteers (U.S), as well as the 12th New York Cavalry and 23rd New York Artillery Battery, set the church afire on December 30. Nearby Co. G, 3rd North Carolina Cavalry (C.S.A.), learned of the fire and rode toward the church with a cannon and gun crew from Lt. Col. Joseph B. Starr’s 13th Battalion, North Carolina Light Artillery (Starr’s Battery). Soon, the Confederates learned that the Federals had gotten behind them and turned back. Lt. James H. Myrover of Starr’s Battery wrote, “they suddenly and unexpectedly met the enemy. … The piece … was immediately brought into position. In a moment or two our cavalry was retreating (and) it was impossible to fire the piece without killing our own men. … The piece was surrounded (and) 4 men were taken prisoners.” Confederate Lt. David C. Camp was killed.

A Federal report noted that “after a hand-to-hand conflict the enemy retired, leaving 1 lieutenant
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2. Red Banks Church Marker
Close up of the map as shown on the left bottom of the marker.
and 5 men dead, with 1 piece of Starr’s fine battery, and caisson and horses. …Our loss was 1 killed, 6 slightly wounded 1 missing, and 3 horses disabled. … Lieut. William K. Adams, of Company L, First North Carolina Volunteers, a gallant and dashing officer…fell while making a charge at the head of the command.”


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(lower left) Eastern North Carolina Courtesy University of North Carolina

(center) Burning of Red Bank Church which was rebuilt after the war and remodeled in 1893. - Courtesy Roger Kammerer

(lower right) Horse-drawn artillery - Courtesy Library of Congress
 
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 35° 34.306′ N, 77° 20.44′ W. Marker is in Greenville, North Carolina, in Pitt County. Marker is at the intersection of East Fire Tower Road and Eleanor Street, on the right when traveling west on East Fire Tower Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville NC 27858, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Greenville (approx. 3.4 miles away); Baptist State Convention
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(approx. 3.4 miles away); Plank Road (approx. 3.5 miles away); Thomas J. Jarvis (approx. 3.5 miles away); a different marker also named Thomas J. Jarvis (approx. 3.6 miles away); Haddocks Crossroads (approx. 5.5 miles away); Fort Fisher Hero (approx. 6.3 miles away); Black Jack (approx. 7.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Greenville.
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.War, US Civil
 
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By Don Morfe, September 26, 2013
4. Red Banks Church Marker
This marker is affixed to the side of the church building
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5. Red Banks Church Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 314 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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