Hot Springs in Madison County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Warm Springs Hotel
Brother against Brother
Within a few days, part of Confederate Maj. John W. Woodfin's Cavalry Battalion advanced down the road along the French Broad River from Marshall to attack the Federals. Woodfin was shot from his horse and killed just across the river from here, and cavalryman Jake Davis was wounded and later died. Gen. Robert B. Vance, brother of Gov. Zebulon B. Vance, led further attacks on the Union troops here in several engagements, October 20-26, 1863. Each side suffered casualties,
The engagements at Warm Springs were unusual because local Southern Unionists and local Southern Confederates, both serving in regularly enlisted units, fought each other on their home soil, brother against brother.
Pvt. John C. Pickens, Co. B, 2nd North Carolina Mounted Infantry, and his older brother, Sidney Vance Pickens, Adjutant, 14th North Carolina Battalion, fought on opposite sides in the war. John took part in the Warm Springs engagements, while Sidney had earlier served under Woodfin and published a history of Woodfin's Battalion in 1901.
The Warm Springs Hotel, established in the 1830s, became a nationally well-known and popular resort because of its curative waters. Thirteen massive columns and the portico of the hotel faced the river. Zebulon B. Vance, North Carolina's Civil War governor, was clerk in the hotel while a young man and read law under John W. Woodfin of Asheville. This building burned in 1884, but others replaced it. The springs are still utilized today.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 479 River Road, Hot Springs NC 28743, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hot Springs (approx. 0.2 miles away); Paint Rock (approx. ¼ mile away); Dorland - Bell Institute (approx. 0.3 miles away); Balladry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Robert E. Lee (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Robert E. Lee (approx. 5.1 miles away); Tennessee / North Carolina (approx. 5.1 miles away in Tennessee); " Shelton Laurel Massacre " (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hot Springs.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,339 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 26, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.