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

Battle of Jackson

Caught Bathing at Boone's Mill

Battle of Jackson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave Twamley, July 17, 2010
1. Battle of Jackson Marker
On July 28, 1863, Union Col. Samuel P. Spear's cavalrymen came thundering through Jackson from Federal-occupied Winton to destroy the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad Bridge over the Roanoke River at Weldon. Confederate Gen. Matt W. Ransom and his staff raced just ahead of them in a running shootout, having been surprised half a mile from town. As Ransom galloped across the mill tail bridge shouting orders, a few of his men, bathing in the millpond, were likewise surprised when bullets began splashing the water around them, and they started scrambling for their weapons.

Not all the Confederates were caught with their clothes off, however. Four companies of the 24th North Carolina Infantry were entrenched near the millpond, while Ransom had eight companies of the 49th North Carolina in reserve. The Confederates also had two Macon Light Artillery guns. Skirmishers advanced against the Federals, but the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry and two guns from Stewart's Mounted Battery soon pushed them back. As the Pennsylvanians formed for a mounted attack, Spear arrived with the 10th New York Mounted Rifles. The other seven guns of the Federal
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battery joined the shelling of the earthworks. After the artillery barrage, Spear's flanking attempts failed on the Confederate left and right. Since it was late in the day and his force was in an isolated position, Spear withdrew with three dead and a few wounded through Jackson to Deloatche's Mill at present day Creeksville. The next day he returned to Murfreesboro and then to Winton, which the Federals evacuated the day after. Ransom had one man killed. The Boone's Mill fight saved the Weldon Railroad Bridge, allowing much-needed supplies to continue on to Richmond.
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 month for this entry is July 1885.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 36° 22.646′ N, 77° 27.152′ W. Marker was near Garysburg, North Carolina, in Northampton County. Marker was on Boones Mill Road (U.S. 158) half a mile west of Barrows Mill Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Garysburg NC 27831, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured
Battle of Jackson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave Twamley, July 17, 2010
2. Battle of Jackson Marker
as the crow flies. Boone's Mill Fight (a few steps from this marker); Boon's Mill (within shouting distance of this 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Garysburg.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced with the linked marker.
Battle of Jackson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave Twamley, July 17, 2010
3. Battle of Jackson Marker
Boone's Millpond
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2011, by Dave Simpson of Durham, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,360 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 14, 2011, by Dave Simpson of Durham, North Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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