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Washington in Beaufort County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Siege of Washington

March 30 - April 20, 1863

Siege of Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 27, 2013
1. Siege of Washington Marker
Inscription.  To protect Confederate supply lines and to gather much-need provisions in eastern North Carolina, Gen. Daniel H. Hill planned demonstrations against Union-occupied New Bern and Washington in March 1863. He acted under orders from Gen. James Longstreet, whom Gen. Robert E. Lee had appointed commander of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina. After Hillís expedition to New Bern ended with no result, he marched to Washington and, on March 30, besieged the town and its Federal garrison. Union forces had held Washington since March 20, 1862, just five days after it captured New Bern.

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 Rodmanís 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 Blountís Creek.

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reinforcements ended the siege on April 20, as Lee recalled Hill to Virginia. Supplies had been obtained, the Federals at Washington and New Bern had been kept occupied, and soon the Battle of Gettysburg would await both sides.

(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 Leslieís 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 Leslieís 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. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1863.
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.
Siege of Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 27, 2013
2. Siege of Washington Marker
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); Free Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Susan Dimock (about 500 feet away); Saint Peter's Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away); John Gray Blount (about 600 feet away); Josephus Daniels (about 700 feet away); DeMille Family (about 800 feet away); Carawan Ghost (approx. 0.2 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 953 times since then and 64 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.

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