Waynesville in Haywood County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Among the Last to Die
On May 6, a company of Confederate Col. William H. Thomas’s Legion under Lt. Robert T. Conley defeated a company of Bartlett’s mounted infantry at White Sulphur Springs. Conley led his men up the west side of Richland Creek and the Confederates, outnumbered four to one, surprised and routed about 200 of Bartlett’s men near here. The Confederates formed a battle line and fired a volley followed by a vigorous bayonet charge that scattered the Union soldiers. During the engagement, a Federal soldier variously identified as David or James Arwood (or Arrowood) was killed, one of the last men killed in battle east of the Mississippi River during the war. Conley picked up Arwood’s weapon and kept it, later stating, “I still have James Arwood’s gun as a relic.”
The rest of the Federals retired to Waynesville. After a night surrounded by Confederate forces, Bartlett met with their commander, Gen. James Martin, on May 7 at
(lower left) Bayonet charges, such as the one depicted here, usually ended most Civil War battles after the combatants exchanged a few rifle volleys. Courtesy Library of Congress
(upper center) Lt. Robert T. Conley; Gen. James G. Martin Courtesy North Carolina Office of Archives and History
(lower right) Last Shot Monument. In 1923, the United Daughters of the Confederacy erected a monument to Conley and the “last shot” fired during the Civil War, about a quarter of a mile east of here on Sulphur Springs Road. There are other sites that make similar claims.
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° 29.322′ N, 83° 0.166′ W. Marker is in Waynesville, North Carolina, in Haywood Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waynesville NC 28786, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas's Resting Place (approx. 0.7 miles away); Martin's Surrender (approx. 0.7 miles away); Battle House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Time Music (approx. 0.9 miles away); Plott Hound (approx. 0.9 miles away); N.C. Education Association (approx. 0.9 miles away); Century Vault (approx. 0.9 miles away); Museum Of N.C. Handicrafts (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waynesville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 605 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 19, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.