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Shawboro in Currituck County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Henry M. Shaw

 
 
Henry M. Shaw Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Laura Troy, October 1, 2007
1. Henry M. Shaw Marker
Inscription.  Member N.C. Assembly and U.S. Congress. Confederate colonel. Killed in attack on New Bern, Feb. 1, 1864. Home & grave about 150 feet West.
 
Erected 1967 by Archives and Highway Departments. (Marker Number A-62.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1800.
 
Location. 36° 24.309′ N, 76° 5.603′ W. Marker is in Shawboro, North Carolina, in Currituck County. Marker is at the intersection of Shawboro Road (Route 34) and North Indiantown Road, in the median on Shawboro Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shawboro NC 27973, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Yeopim (approx. 1.9 miles away); McKnight’s Shipyard (approx. 2 miles away); Indiantown (approx. 4 miles away); Hijacking Maple Leaf (approx. 5.1 miles away); Joseph Pilmoor (approx. 5.3 miles away); Currituck County Courthouse
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(approx. 5.3 miles away); Currituck County Old Jail (approx. 5.3 miles away); Former Site of Sawyer's Creek / Marian Anderson High School (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shawboro.
 
Regarding Henry M. Shaw. Henry M. Shaw represented Currituck County in the secession convention but resigned from the convention to become colonel of the Eighth Regiment, North Carolina Troops. Shaw was in command at Roanoke Island in February 1862 when the regiment was captured by Union forces under General Ambrose E. Burnside. Henry M. Shaw was born in Newport, Rhode Island, November 20, 1819, to John Allen and Betty Marchmore Shaw. Although the family moved south due to financial hardships, Shaw was able to pursue his medical education at the University of Pennsylvania with the assistance of a benefactor. Upon graduation, he established a medical practice in Indiantown (Currituck County).

Henry M. Shaw became active in politics, serving in the state senate in 1851. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the first district in 1853 and 1857. After his regiment’s capture on Roanoke Island February 8, Shaw remained imprisoned until he was exchanged
Henry M. Shaw Residence image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 11, 2014
2. Henry M. Shaw Residence
in November of that year in Virginia. He resumed command of his reformed regiment at Camp Mangum. Henry M. Shaw was killed in the skirmish at Batchelder’s Creek on February 1, 1864. Shaw married Mary Riddick Trotman of Camden County. The couple had three children. Henry and Mary Shaw are buried at their home in Shawboro.

References:
William S. Powell, ed., Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, V, 323—sketch by Ellen Taylor Cook
John G. Barrett, The Civil War in North Carolina (1997)
William R. Trotter, Ironclads and Columbiads, The Civil War in North Carolina: The Coast (1989)

copied from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
 
Henry M. Shaw-shrub near residence with Soldier and Confederate Flag image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 11, 2014
3. Henry M. Shaw-shrub near residence with Soldier and Confederate Flag
Henry M. Shaw Tombstone image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 11, 2014
4. Henry M. Shaw Tombstone
Inscription on tombstone-H. M. Shaw M.D., Born Newport November 20, 1817, Col of the 8th N.C. Rec. Confederate Vols. Killed in battle on New Bern N.C. February 1st 1864. (GPS Coordinates N36.4050 W76.0942)
Henry M. Shaw and wife's tombstone image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 11, 2014
5. Henry M. Shaw and wife's tombstone
Henry M. Shaw Tombstone with residence in the background image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 11, 2014
6. Henry M. Shaw Tombstone with residence in the background
Henry M. Shaw Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Laura Troy, October 1, 2007
7. Henry M. Shaw Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,779 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on July 24, 2008. Photos:   1. submitted on October 1, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 26, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   7. submitted on October 1, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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