Sumter in Sumter County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Dingle's Mill
Here on Apr. 9, 1865, the day of Gen. Lee's surrender, was fought one of the last battles of the War between the States. 158 Confederates rallied by Col. Geo. W. Lee stopped, for several hours, the advance of 2700 Union troops under Gen. Edward E. Potter. Casualties: Confederate 12; Union 26.
April 9, 1865
A Confederate homeguard of old men, boys, and convalescents here made a gallant stand in an effort to halt Potter's Raid, an expedition which left Georgetown on April 5, laid waste the country, and by April 21 had accomplished its chief objective—the destruction of the railroads between the Pedee and Wateree.
Erected 1956 by Sumter County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 43-10.)
Location. 33° 52.556′ N, 80° 20.143′ 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 north side 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 within 3 miles Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Dingles Mill (a few steps from this marker); Henry J. Maxwell Farm (approx. 1.3 miles away); Kendall Institute (approx. 2½ miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 2.9 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 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
Also see . . . 20th South Carolina -Militia of State Troops -Sumter District, South Carolina. The Battle of Dingle's Mill April 9, 1865 (Information from the Sumter Watchman June 6, 13, & 20, 1866.) Colonel G.W. Lee, commander of the 20th Regiment South Carolina Militia... (Submitted on July 8, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Topics. This marker is included in this topic list: War, US Civil
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