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Burgaw in Pender County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Burgaw Station

Antebellum Railroad Station

 

—Confederate Lifeline —

 
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By Don Morfe, August 18, 2014
1. Burgaw Station Marker
Inscription. Burgaw Station, a stop on the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, was located on the rail line known as the “Lifeline of the Confederacy,” Gen. Robert E. Lee’s main supply route for his Army of Northern Virginia by 1864. This rail line transported equipment and weapons smuggled through the Union naval blockade from Wilmington, North Carolina, to the front in Virginia. Trains sometimes stopped a Burgaw Station to get wood and water and pick up passengers and mail.

The Burgaw Station was built about 1850 as part of an improvement project on what was then called the Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad (Wilmington and Weldon Railroad in 1855). William Shepperd Ashe, president of the railroad early in the war, was killed in a train accident while en route from Wilmington to his home four miles south of here. Col. Sewell L. Fremont, for whom Fremont Street in Burgaw was named, served as superintendent of the railroad by 1863.

Federal cavalry raiders burned part of the depot in 1862-1863. After the Confederates evacuated Wilmington late in February 1865, Union prisoners of war were temporarily held here before being paroled on the rail line near the Northeast Cape Fear River as part of a general exchange program. During negotiations, the Burgaw depot telegraph connected Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg, headquartered
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nearby, to Richmond and Raleigh. Today Burgaw Station is one of only two remaining antebellum railroad stations in North Carolina (the other is Mitchener’s Station in Selma).

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(lower left) Prisoners awaiting exchange from Prison Life in the South (1866)
(lower center) Lt. Henry H. Willis, 40th New York Infantry, a Union prisoner held at Burgaw Station until paroled at Northeast Station 10 miles south of here. — Courtesy Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr.
(upper right) William Shepperd Ashe, from Biographical History of North Carolina (1905); Col. Sewell L. Fremont Courtesy Robert J. Cooke
 
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 34° 33.022′ N, 77° 55.691′ W. Marker is in Burgaw, North Carolina, in Pender County. Marker is at the intersection of South Dickerson Street (County Route 1412) and West Wilmington Street (North Carolina Route 53), on the right when traveling south on South Dickerson Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 South Dickerson Street, Burgaw NC 28425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker
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By Don Morfe, August 18, 2014
3. Burgaw Station Marker
, measured as the crow flies. Our Heroes (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); S. S. Satchwell (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Burrington (approx. 1.5 miles away); Stag Park (approx. 1.5 miles away); Hinton James (approx. 4.7 miles away); William S. Ashe (approx. 5.5 miles away); Samuel Ashe (approx. 5.5 miles away); Edward Moseley (approx. 5.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Burgaw.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
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By Don Morfe, August 18, 2014
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. 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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