Greenville in Pitt County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Red Banks Church
“... suddenly and unexpectedly met the enemy”
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
(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. Touch 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 Plank Road (approx. 3˝ miles away); Thomas J. Jarvis (approx. 3˝ miles away); a different marker also named Thomas J. Jarvis (approx. 3.6 miles away); Haddocks Crossroads (approx. 5˝ miles away); Fort Fisher Hero (approx. 6.3 miles away); Black Jack (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
Categories. • Churches & Religion • War, US Civil •
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