Winton in Hertford County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Burning of Winton
“Fire... accompanied the sword”
—Coastal Expeditions —
As they approached, Confederate Lt. Col. William T. Williams concealed his 400 infantrymen atop a high bluff overlooking the river, with Capt. J.N. Nichols's four-gun battery in support. Williams planned to lure the flotilla to the dock, then blast it with artillery and small-arms fire. Hawkins, however, saw the glint of muskets from the rigging of the USS Delaware and shouted warnings to the pilot. As the Confederate opened fire, Delaware swept by the dock just ten feet away and escaped. That night, Winton's townspeople feted Williams and his men as heroes.
The next morning, the gunboats returned
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 23.878′ N, 76° 55.953′ W. Marker is in Winton, North Carolina, in Hertford County. Marker is on King Street 0.1 miles from Tryon Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winton NC 27986, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hertford County WWI Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Burning of Winton (about 500 feet away); Hertford County UDC Monument (about 600 feet away); Chowan Academy (approx. 0.9 miles away); Potecasi Creek (approx. 4 miles away); Richard J. Gatling (approx. 8 miles away); Robert Lee Van (approx. 8.1 miles away); 4-H Club (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winton.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2011, by Dave Twamley of Durham, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 666 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 15, 2011, by Dave Twamley of Durham, North Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.