Washington in Beaufort County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Siege of Washington
March 30 - April 20, 1863
The Confederates occupied Fort Hill, located five miles down the Pamlico River, and kept Washington from being reinforced with holding a small armada of Federal warships at bay. Action across the river at Rodman’s Quarter stayed lively as the town was bombarded and the Confederate cannons dueled with the gunboats Commodore Hull, Louisiana, Eagle, and Ceres. Gen. Francis B. Spinola and his 8,000 troops tried to take Fort Hill from the Confederate forces but was repulsed on April 9 at the Battle of Blount’s Creek.
(lower left) Rebel batteries and the National defenses during the siege of Washington, N.C.
(upper right) “Shelling of rebel batteries in the woods opposite Washington, N.C. April 16, 1863.” Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, May 16, 1863
(lower right) “Siege of Washington, N.C. — Effect of two shells, fired at the same, on a rebel cotton battery, opposite Washington , N.C. April 12, 1863.” Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, May 16, 1863
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 35° 32.434′ N, 77° 3.254′ W. Marker is in Washington, North Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is at the intersection of East Water Street and South Bonner Street, on the right when traveling east on East Water Street. This marker is near the North Carolina Estuarium. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 223 E Water St, Washington NC 27889, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington, North Carolina (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Susan Dimock (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Gray Blount (about 600 feet away); Josephus Daniels (about 700 feet away); DeMille Family (about 800 feet away); Daniel G. Fowle (approx. ¼ mile away); USS Picket (approx. 0.3 miles away); African Americans Defend Washington (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 562 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.