“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Shawboro in Currituck County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)


Chasing “Guerrillas”

Indiantown CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 23, 2012
1. Indiantown CWT Marker
Inscription.  Indiantown, a commercial center with a shipyard, store, and mill, became a focal point for military activity during the Civil War. On June 10, 1862, U.S. Navy Lt. Charles W. Flusser led several gunboats up the North River to capture a prominent secessionist here and seize the schooner Scuppernong with a load of oak timber bound for a Confederate shipyard. He burned the vessel and its cargo nearby. John Boushell had built the ship in 1853 as a Dismal Swamp Canal schooner. Under owner S.S. Simmons, it sailed to ports such as New York with corn, wheat, and lumber. In 1856, J. Lawrence bought Scuppernong, and during the war, the Confederates used it to transport military cargo. North Carolina archaeologists located the wreck near here in the 1990s.

Union forces also searched in Currituck and neighboring counties for what the Federals termed “guerrillas” but the Confederates called regularly organized home defense troops. One such unit, Capt. Willis B. Sanderlin’s Co. B, 68th North Carolina State Troops, was raised in July 1863 in Camden County and enlisted Currituck County natives. In December 1863, Union Gen.
Indiantown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 23, 2012
2. Indiantown Marker
Edward A. Wild led an expedition into the county against Sanderlin’s and other units. A column under Col. Alonzo G. Draper engaged “guerrillas” here at Indiantown Bridge, then with Wild pursued them into a swamp. Wild reported that the Federals “burned their camp, took many guns…considerable fine ammunition, drum, clothes, provisions, &c. After burning the neighboring houses [including Sanderlin’s] and giving them another chase, we marched to Currituck Court-House.”

“We attempted to ascend the North River to Indiantown, to bring down a schooner laden with live-oak timber for the construction of the rebel war steamer at Deep Creek. ... I hoped to catch a prominent rebel at Indiantown ... but our bird had flown; he had removed from his residence weeks since. ... We found the schooner Scuppernong, partly laden with oak timber. As we could not spare time to clear the river [of obstructions, to tow her away], she was burned.” - Lt. Charles W. Flusser, U.S. Navy, June 10, 1862

According to local tradition, fiddler Bill Hutchins (left) was playing at a dance nearby when word came of Union troops heading to Indianantown Bridge. The men went to the bridge and took up the boards, and the women went home.
Courtesy Wilbert Roberts and Ray Etheridge
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 36° 20.98′ N, 76° 4.39′ W. Marker is in Shawboro, North Carolina, in Currituck County. Marker is on South Indiantown Road 0.4 miles north of Trotman Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shawboro NC 27973, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McKnight’s Shipyard (approx. 2.1 miles away); Yeopim (approx. 2.1 miles away); Henry M. Shaw (approx. 4 miles away); Dempsey Burgess (approx. 5.6 miles away); Camden County Courthouse (approx. 5.8 miles away); Maple Leaf (approx. 5.9 miles away); Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal (approx. 6.4 miles away); a different marker also named Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shawboro.
More about this marker. In the center is a photograph of the "Schooner Scuppernong site" Courtesy Wilbert Roberts and Ray Etheridge

On the right is a portrait of "Lt. Charles W. Flusser" Courtesy Library of Congress
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 600 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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