Sumter in Sumter County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill
the site of the Battle
of Dingle's Mill
fought April 9, 1865
the Reserve South
Carolina Malitia C.S.A.
(Lower stone marker text)
The adjacent marker was first placed on
the bridge built over nearby Turkey Creek.
Dedication was held, April 9, 1913 with address
by Dr. S.H. Edwards, noted Sumter educator.
Veterans of this battle attended ceremonies.
This crossing was the key military defense point.
Marker moved here January 27, 1979.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1863.
Location. 33° 52.546′ N, 80° 20.147′ W. Marker is in Sumter, South Carolina, in Sumter County. Marker is on Manning Road (U.S. 521), on the right when traveling south. Located on the northside of Turkey Creek Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sumter SC 29150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are Battle of Dingles Mill (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Dingle's Mill (a few steps from this marker); Henry J. Maxwell Farm (approx. 1.3 miles away); Kendall Institute (approx. 2.6 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 3 miles away); Clara Louise Kellogg (approx. 3 miles away); St. Anne Catholic Church (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sumter.
Regarding Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill. Railroads played a key role in the war, dictating the movement of armies and even the location of battles. They were also prime targets. On his sweep through South Carolina, Sherman discovered that there were several trains loaded with military supplies south of his line of march on the Wilmington & Manchester RR that ran through Sumter. He ordered that a force be organized from the various Federal garrison units on the Carolina coast to march inland and destroy the trains and their cargo, "even if it should cost 500 men." A provisional division of 2,500 men, commanded by General Edward E. Potter, was assembled consisting of two brigades of white and black infantry, plus cavalry, engineer and artillery companies.
The stage was set for a raid lasting 16
Also see . . . Battle of Dingle's Mill, From Wikipedia. The importance of the mission was pointedly made by Sherman’s statement that “Those cars and locomotives should be destroyed if to do it costs you 500 men.” (Submitted on September 15, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
1. The Battle of Dingle's Mill.
Saturday morning, April 9, 1866, This was the same day of Lee's surrender in Appomatox, but no one in Sumter knew that the war had ended. Potter set out for Sumter and its defenders marched out the Manning Road to meet him at Dingle's Mill. About 2:00 p.m. the enemy came within range and the small force defending Sumter opened fire. Although Potter's first and second charges were driven back, further resistance became impossible and a general retreat was called. Potter did not pursue. He knew that he had opened up the road into Sumter and his men were weary. Late in the afternoon of the next day, Potter's cavalry rode up Main Street into Liberty Street and then to the depot where they camped
— Submitted September 15, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,253 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on September 15, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 11. submitted on September 16, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 12. submitted on September 15, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.