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Near Garysburg in Northampton County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Boone's Mill Fight

Caught with Their Clothes Off

 
 
Boone's Mill Fight Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 27, 2021
1. Boone's Mill Fight Marker
Inscription.  
On July 28, 1863, some of Confederate Gen. Matt W. Ransom's men were bathing here in the Boone's Mill pond, when suddenly bullets began splashing into the water. At the same time, Ransom and his staff galloped across the mill bridge shouting orders, with Union Col. Samuel P. Spear's cavalrymen fifty yards behind in a running shootout. Spear had thundered through Jackson en route to destroy the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad bridge over the Roanoke River at Weldon, and surprised Ransom half a mile outside town. Ransom's naked soldiers scrambled for their weapons, and Spear stopped and dismounted his men.

Not all the Confederates were caught with their clothes off. Four companies of the 24th North Carolina Infantry were entrenched with two Macon Light Artillery guns near the millpond, with eight companies of the 49th North Carolina camped nearby. Skirmishers advanced against the Federals, but the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry and two guns from Stewart's Mounted Battery soon pushed them back. As the Pennsylvania formed for a mounted attack, the 1st New York Mounted Rifles arrived in support, to strike the Confederate left and right
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flanks. The Federal battery began shelling the earthworks, but Spear's flanking attempts failed in the fading light. With his brigade isolated, Spear withdrew through Jackson to Winton, which the Federals then evacuated. Ransom had one man wounded, Spear lost six killed and 25 wounded. The Boone's Mill fight saved the Weldon railroad bridge, and much-needed supplies continued on to Richmond.

"We met the Yankees … at Boone's Mill. … The mill was a small corn cracker built on a creek with a large pond above." — W.A. Day, 49th N.C. Infantry, The Landmark, Statesville, N.C., Nov. 28, 1933

 
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 28, 1863.
 
Location. 36° 22.649′ N, 77° 27.161′ W. Marker is near Garysburg, North Carolina, in Northampton County. Marker is on Boones Mill Road (County Road 1137) 0.1 miles east of U.S. 158, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jackson NC 27845, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boon's Mill (a few steps from this marker);
Boone's Mill Fight Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 27, 2021
2. Boone's Mill Fight Marker
Henry K. Burgwyn (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sir Archie (approx. ¾ mile away); Northampton Memorial Library War Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); Bobby Evans (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Church of The Saviour (1898) and Cemetery (1853) (approx. 2 miles away); Lafayette's Tour (approx. 2 miles away); James H. Jones (approx. 2 miles away).
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 428 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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