Near Four Oaks in Johnston County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Hannah’s Creek Bridge
Saving the Colors
—Carolinas Campaign —
(Preface): The Carolinas Campaign began on February 1, 1865, when Union Gen. William T. Sherman led his army north from Savannah, Georgia, after the “March to the Sea.” Sherman's objective was to join Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in Virginia to crush Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Scattered Confederate forces consolidated in North Carolina, the Confederacy's logistical lifeline, where Sherman defeated Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's last-ditch attack at Bentonville. After Sherman was reinforced at Goldsboro late in March, Johnston saw the futility of further resistance and surrendered on April 26, essentially ending the Civil War.
You are looking toward the north side of Hannah’s Creek, where on the evening of March 21, 1865, members of Gen. Hiram B. Granbury’s Texas Brigade bivouacked and entrenched. They were the first to withdraw from the Bentonville battlefield
“The new bridge over Mill Creek was not destroyed by the infantry and it would not burn …. General Wheeler threw off the flooring and did all he could to destroy it, but says it can easily be repaired and I suppose the infantry can cross. The infantry did not cross till sunrise,
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 22.134′ N, 78° 18.441′ W. Marker is near Four Oaks, North Carolina, in Johnston County. Marker is on Devil's Racetrack Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located near the Rudolph Howell and Son Environmental Learning Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6601 Devil's Racetrack Road, Four Oaks NC 27524, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mill Creek ( approx. 1.3 miles away); Confederate Works ( approx. 1.4 miles away); Bentonville ( approx. 1.5 miles away); Village of Bentonville ( approx. 1.5 miles away); Johnston Establishes His Headquarters ( approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Village of Bentonville ( approx. 1.7 miles away); Mower’s Charge Reaches Johnston’s Headquarters Johnston’s Headquarters ( approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Four Oaks.
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker contains a photograph of Gen. Joseph Wheeler, courtesy of the Library of Congress. On the marker’s right is a picture of the 26th Illinois Infantry regimental colors that were saved at Hannah’s Creek Bridge, courtesy of Illinois State Military Museum. The far right of the marker features a map of the final action of the Battle of Bentonville.
Also see . . . Civil War Traveler. North Carolina Civil War Trails. (Submitted on December 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,514 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5. submitted on December 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.