Near Goldsboro in Wayne County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Goldsborough Bridge
December 17, 1862
Late that afternoon, additional Confederate troops arrived to support a counterattack that was in progress against the Union rear guard as it prepared to leave the field. Two North Carolina regiments plus a battalion struck nearby a mile to the south, while two more regiments crossed this field and attacked the Union force across the railroad tracks. The North Carolinians that crossed here were turned back after sustaining heavy losses caused by massed Union artillery and infantry fire.
As the sun set the firing ceased, the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge was over at a cost of nearly 250 casualties. Units present or engaged that day were from North Carolina,
Erected by the Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield Association, the Robert E. Lee Confederate Heritage Association, Matthews, N.C., The First North Carolina Battalion, the Stonewall Jackson Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and many friends in the North Carolina Civil War history community.
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
Location. 35° 20.334′ N, 78° 1.698′ W. Marker is near Goldsboro, North Carolina, in Wayne County. Marker is on Old Mt. Olive Highway south of U.S. 117, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goldsboro NC 27530, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Goldsboro Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Counterattack (about 700 feet away); Attack of the 17th Massachusetts (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Assault on the Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Waynesborough General Baptist State Convention (approx. 3.2 miles away); Gertrude Weil (approx. 3.4 miles away); First Pentecostal Holiness Church Congregation (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goldsboro.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These markers are of the four stops on the walking tour of the battlefield.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,377 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on March 12, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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