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
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 17, 1863.
Location. 35° 53.759′ N, 82° 49.513′ W. Marker is in Hot Springs, North Carolina, in Madison County. Marker is on River Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 479 River Road, Hot Springs NC 28743, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Red Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hot Springs (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Hot Springs (approx. Ό mile away); Paint Rock (approx. Ό 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hot Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,515 times since then and 44 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.