Near Wilmington in New Hanover County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Last Stand At Wilmington
The Forks Road Engagement
—Confederate Lifeline —
Hoke fought delaying actions as he withdrew up the east side of the Cape Fear River, with Union Gen. Alfred H. Terry’s troops in pursuit. On the afternoon of February 20, they engaged Hoke’s rear guard—Gen. Thomas L. Clingman’s brigade and the Wilmington Horse Artillery—here at Forks Road, then three miles south of Wilmington. The entrenched Confederates repulsed Col. Elias Wright’s brigade of U.S. Colored Troops (including 5th U.S.C.T.), inflicting more than fifty casualties from rifle and cannon fire. Retreating a short distance south, the Federals
Sometimes during the Civil War, “brother against brother” was literally, as well as figuratively, true. Here at Forks Road, Confederate Corp. Hosea Lewis Horne, Wilmington Horse Artillery, fought against brother, Corp. Jacob Horne, 2nd North Carolina Infantry (U.S.). The brothers, who had stopped off separately top visit their parents at the family home nearby, survived the war and returned to New Hanover County to live.
In 2002, thanks to a generous donation from the Cameron family, this site became home to the Cameron Art Museum, with the stipulation that the Civil War fortifications be preserved. In keeping with its mission to educate the public, the Cameron Art Museum is committed to maintaining and preserving this historic site for future generations.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. Touch for map. This marker is located northeast of the visitor parking lot of the Cameron Art Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3201 South 17th Street, Wilmington NC 28412, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fall of Wilmington (approx. 0.6 miles away); North Carolina Shipbuilding Co. (approx. 1.2 miles away); State Salt Works (approx. 2.3 miles away); Edwin A. Anderson (approx. 2.6 miles away); Cassidey Shipyard (approx. 3½ miles away); Alex Manly (approx. 3.6 miles away); Gregory Normal Institute (approx. 3.6 miles away); Edward B. Dudley (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
More about this marker. On the lower left are photos of battle participants: "Gen. Robert F. Hoke" Courtesy Library of Congress; "Col. Elias Wright" Courtesy U.S. Army Military History Institute; "Sgt. Powhatan Beaty, 5th U.S.C.T." Courtesy Library of Congress
On the upper right sidebar is a photo of "Corp. Hosea Lewis Horne" Courtesy Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr.
Also see . . .
1. Coastal North Carolina - Wilmington and area. North Carolina Civil War Trails (Submitted on March 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Cameron Art Museum - Civil War Historic Site. (Submitted on March 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Fort Fisher. North Carolina Historic Sites (Submitted on March 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
4. “The Stonewall of Forks Road”. General Robert F. Hoke and the Battle of Forks Road, February 20-21, 1865. Cape Fear Historical Institute (Submitted on March 18, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,603 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.