Louisburg in Franklin County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Camp Site for Sherman's Army
Louisburg at the End of the War
The troops stored so much corn in the academy that the floor collapsed. Some local residents hid in their homes, but former slaves expressed jubilation. A band played stirring “national airs.” Anna Fuller, who lived on Main Street, kept a detailed diary during the encampment. “I am bewildered, and my heart is sick,” she wrote on May 1. “The town is full of Yankee Soldiers riding and walking up and down every street, and coming into our yards
Most of the soldiers passed quickly through town, but on May 3, a regiment arrived to maintain order and to ensure that slaves had been freed. The troops finally departed on July 27, having caused little disruption.
(lower left) On April 15, the day President Abraham Lincoln died, Louisburg mayor William H. Pleasants, concerned that order would break down, wrote this letter requesting a Union guard for the town. Jones Fuller and Dr. Ellis Malone traveled to Raleigh and gave it to Union Gen. William T. Sherman. Provost guards were posted in Louisburg later in the month. Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration
(center) Gen. John A. Logan's XV Corps left Raleigh on April 29, crossed the Neuse River at Rogers's Bridge, and passed through Louisburg en route to Washington, D.C. Military Map of South-Western Virginia & North Carolina (1865) - Wilson Library, University of North Carolina
(lower right) Union Gens. Oliver O. Howard (standing, left) an John A. Logan (seated, left) with Sherman (seated, center) and other Union officers. Courtesy of Library of Congress
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed 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 April 1840.
Location. 36° 6.264′ N, 78° 17.862′ W. Marker is in Louisburg, North Carolina, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from North Main Street (County Route 1229) north of College Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 North Main Street, Louisburg NC 27549, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Louisburg College (within shouting distance of this marker); Franklin Male Academy Building (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Richard Warfington (approx. 0.6 miles away); John Williamson (approx. 0.9 miles away); Moses A. Hopkins (approx. 9 miles away); Confederate Cemetery (approx. 11˝ miles away); The Glass House (approx. 11.6 miles away); Kittrell’s Springs (approx. 11.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisburg.
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