Near Hamilton in Martin County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
A Mighty Fortress
The high bluffs gave the Confederates a great advantage over Union gunboats and essentially prevented the Federals from moving upriver. The fort was armed with 11 cannons and held provisions for a thousand men. The Confederates began evacuating Fort Branch on April 10, 1865, the day after Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. They pushed the artillery pieces into the river and destroyed the magazine and commissary to keep Union troops from using them.
In May 1865, the U.S. Navy retrieved three of the cannons, but it was not until 1972 that interest
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or Castles • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 35° 55.626′ N, 77° 10.282′ W. Marker is near Hamilton, North Carolina, in Martin County. Marker is on Fort Branch Road (County Route 1416), on the right when traveling east. Located at the entrance of Fort Branch Historical Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oak City NC 27857, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Fort Branch (approx. 1.8 miles away); Asa Biggs House (approx. 8.1 miles away); Skewarkee Primitive Baptist Church Skewarkey Church (approx. 8˝ miles away); Roanoke River (approx. 8.7 miles away); Flat Swamp Church (approx. 9.9 miles away); Locke Craig (approx. 12.4 miles away).
Also see . . . Fort Branch Civil War Site. The site is operated by the Fort Branch Battlefield Commission. (Submitted on September 3, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 596 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on September 3, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.