Franklin, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
War Comes to the Blackwater
“Those were days full of sorrow and anxiety from morning till
Jenny Camp Norfleet
1862 U.S. gunboats shell Franklin and the Confederates fortify the Blackwater.
1863 The Confederates besiege Union-held Suffolk. Units from Franklin participate in the Gettysburg campaign.
1864 The Siege of Petersburg isolates Franklin.
1865 Franklin begins to recover as the railroad is rebuilt and the river trade is reorganized.
1867 Blacks vote for the first time.
1869 Franklin’s first municipal government is organized.
1873 Franklin’s first newspapers are printed.
1876 Franklin incorporates.
1877 P.D. camp and Company is organized.
1878 The Farmers and Merchants Steam Transportation Company leases the Clyde Line’s facilities.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin VA 23851, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" (here, next to this marker); The Age of Steam (here, next to this marker); The Age of Gasoline (here, next to this marker); Recovery and Progress (here, next to this marker); The Barretts: A Franklin Pioneer Family (here, next to this marker); Confederate Commissary Center (a few steps from this marker); The Blackwater Line (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Franklin (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photo of a damaged beam with the caption, “According to tradition, the hole in the beam of the freight station was struck during Flusser’s attack.” Daniel T. Balfour
On the upper left center is a photo of a gunboat with the caption, “On October 3, 1863, the Union gunboat Commodore Perry, constantly under fire from sharpshooters on Crumpler’s Bluff, fired shot and shell in all directions
On the middle left center is a photo of “Col. J.K. Marshall, 52nd North Carolina Infantry. Marshall commanded the Confederates during the action at Crumpler’s Bluff.” The Museum of the Confederacy. Photos copied by Katherine Wetzel
On the lower left center is a photo of “LCDR Charles W. Flusser, commander of the Union naval flotilla that ran Crumpler’s Bluff to attack Franklin on October 3, 1862.” Photo Archives, U.S. Army Military History Institute
On the upper right center is a photo of “Captain Louis H. Webb, 13th Battalion, North Carolina Artillery. Stationed on the Blackwater Line during the harsh winter of 1862-1863, his gun crews were “half-fed, nearly naked & shoeless.” Webb awoke one morning with “hair & beard heavy with ice, from my congealed breath.” The Webb Family Archives
On the lower right center is an area map carrying the caption, “The Chowan and Blackwater rivers were Lee’s lifeline. At least 30 skirmishes were fought in the no man’s land between Franklin and Suffolk.”
On the upper right is a photo of USCT Troops carrying the caption, “Wanting to
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,632 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 21, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 14, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 7. submitted on April 21, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.