Edenton in Chowan County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Albemarle Sound
Unionist sentiment was strong among eastern North Carolinians. The U.S. Navy presence in Albemarle sound began early in 1862, and many loyal men, both white and African American, enlisted. They included slaves and freedmen familiar with the Sound and its tributaries, who served as gunners, powder boys, cooks, and mechanics. Chowan County natives Henry Johnson, John Paxton, and Daniel Spruel sailed aboard Miami.
Other Edenton and Chowan County men joined local Confederate units, and many sympathizers moved father inland. Chowan County Confederates included Col. James K. Marshall, Lt. Col. John C. Badham, Maj. Tristim L. Skinner, Capt. William Badham, Jr., Capt. John A Benbury, Capt. Edward A. Small, Lt. John M Jones, and Lt. Blake B Hoskins. Edenton residents donated household, school, church, and courthouse bells to cast four bronze cannons for Capt. Badham's Edenton "Bell Battery," Co. B, North Carolina Light artillery Battalion.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
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.
Location. 36° 3.347′ N, 76° 36.59′ W. Marker is in Edenton, North Carolina, in Chowan County. Marker is on Broad Street, on the right when traveling south. Located on the waterfront at the end of Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Edenton NC 27932, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edenton Bell Battery C.S.A. (a few steps from this marker); Escape Via Maritime Underground Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Our Confederate Dead (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roanoke River Lighthouse (about 400 feet away); Bought in France for N.C. (about 600 feet away); Francis Corbin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edenton Tea Party (approx. 0.3 miles away); James Iredell, Jr (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edenton.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia CSS Albemarle. CSS Albemarle was an ironclad ram of the Confederate Navy (and later the second Albemarle of the United States Navy), named for a town and a sound in North Carolina and a county in Virginia. All three locations were named for General George Monck, the first Duke of Albemarle and one of the original Carolina Lords Proprietors. (Submitted on August 24, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
2. Wikipedia Melancton Smith 1810-1893. Smith was senior naval officer of a small fleet in Albemarle Sound where he attacked the Confederate ram CSS Albemarle at the Battle of Albemarle Sound in May 1864. (Submitted on August 24, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
3. The Battle of Albemarle Sound. The Battle of Albemarle Sound was an inconclusive naval battle along the coast of North Carolina during the American Civil War. Three Confederate States Navy warships, including an ironclad, engaged eight United States Navy gunboats. The action ended indecisively due to the sunset. (Submitted on August 24, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
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