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Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill

 
 
Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
1. Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill Marker


Inscription.
This tablet marks
the site of the Battle
of Dingle's Mill
fought April 9, 1865
between
Potter's Brigade
and
the Reserve South
Carolina Malitia C.S.A.
Erected by
Dick Anderson
Chapter U.D.C.

(Lower stone marker text)
The adjacent marker was first placed on
the bridge built over nearby Turkey Creek.
Dedication was held, April 9, 1913 with address
by Dr. S.H. Edwards, noted Sumter educator.
Veterans of this battle attended ceremonies.
This crossing was the key military defense point.
Marker moved here January 27, 1979.

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 33° 52.546′ N, 80° 20.147′ W. Marker is in Sumter, South Carolina, in Sumter County. Marker is on Manning Road (U.S. 521), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located on the northside of Turkey Creek Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Sumter SC 29150, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Dingles Mill (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Dingle's Mill (a few steps
Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill Lower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 7, 2010
2. Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill Lower Marker
from this marker); Henry J. Maxwell Farm (approx. 1.3 miles away); Kendall Institute (approx. 2.6 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 3 miles away); Clara Louise Kellogg (approx. 3 miles away); St. Anne Catholic Church (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sumter.
 
Regarding Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill. Railroads played a key role in the war, dictating the movement of armies and even the location of battles. They were also prime targets. On his sweep through South Carolina, Sherman discovered that there were several trains loaded with military supplies south of his line of march on the Wilmington & Manchester RR that ran through Sumter. He ordered that a force be organized from the various Federal garrison units on the Carolina coast to march inland and destroy the trains and their cargo, "even if it should cost 500 men." A provisional division of 2,500 men, commanded by General Edward E. Potter, was assembled consisting of two brigades of white and
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By Mike Stroud, September 7, 2010
3. Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill Marker
Two working pieces of artillery were commanded by Lt. William Alexander McQueen and a patient of Sumter hospital, Lt Pamerya, an artilleryman from New Orleans
black infantry, plus cavalry, engineer and artillery companies.
The stage was set for a raid lasting 16 days, much of which took place AFTER Lee has surrendered.
 
Also see . . .
1. A short history of Sumter County. ...At the news of Potter's approach, everyone was busy hiding food and valuables in safe places. Those responsible for the courthouse and its contents, saved the public records by having them sent ten miles out into the country and hidden. ... (Submitted on September 15, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Battle of Dingle's Mill, From Wikipedia. The importance of the mission was pointedly made by Sherman’s statement that “Those cars and locomotives should be destroyed if to do it costs you 500 men.” (Submitted on September 15, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. The Battle of Dingle's Mill.
Saturday morning, April 9, 1866, This was the same day of Lee's surrender in Appomatox, but no one in Sumter knew that the war had ended. Potter set out for Sumter and its defenders marched out the Manning Road to meet him at Dingle's Mill. About 2:00 p.m. the enemy came within range and the small force defending Sumter opened fire. Although Potter's first and second charges were driven back, further
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By Mike Stroud, September 7, 2010
4. Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill Marker
resistance became impossible and a general retreat was called. Potter did not pursue. He knew that he had opened up the road into Sumter and his men were weary. Late in the afternoon of the next day, Potter's cavalry rode up Main Street into Liberty Street and then to the depot where they camped
    — Submitted September 15, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 9, 2010
5. Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill Cannon
Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill Marker, seen along US 521, looking south image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 7, 2010
6. Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill Marker, seen along US 521, looking south
Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill Battleground image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 7, 2010
7. Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill Battleground
Confederate Tribute at left, Union Tribute at right
Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill Battleground, Union Tribute image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 7, 2010
8. Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill Battleground, Union Tribute
This spot dedicated to the honor of three Union soldiers who were killed and buried in a common grave somewhere on this battle field
——
* Private Edward Bristol
157th N.Y. Volunteers (Infantry)
* Private William Post
157th N.Y. Volunteers (Infantry)
*Private William Utter
56th N.Y. Volunteers (Infantry)
——
Rest In Peace
The Battle of Dingle's Mill Confederate Tribute image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 7, 2010
9. The Battle of Dingle's Mill Confederate Tribute
Battle of Dingles Mill
• Killed •

Lt Alex. McQueen- Garden's BatteryPalmetto Battery
Lt. Raphael Pampere S.C. Siege Train
Sgt. Joseph H. Long 20th S.C. Militia
Dr.John Thompson 20th R S.C Militia
Pvt. C.N. Harbin 2nd S.C. Reserves
Pvt. William Reeder Co. A S.C. Siege Train

• Wounded •
Pvt. William Wingate 20th S.C. Militia
Pvt. Wade Newman Unit unknown
Pvt. Potts Davis 20th S.C. Militia
Pvt. William Baker Company D 1st S.C. Infantry
Pvt. Charles McCoy 20th S.C. Militia
Pvt. Fahm Georgia Regiment
Pvt. C.C. Fabib 22nd Georgia Regiment
Pvt. William Harral 20th S.C. Militia

• Captured •
Pvt. H.D. Lincoln 20th Regiment S.C. Militia
Pvt. William Wotton, 20th S.C. Militia
Potters Raid image. Click for full size.
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10. Potters Raid
Potter's Raid, Sequence of Events image. Click for full size.
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11. Potter's Raid, Sequence of Events
Gen. Edward Potter,<i>photo part of</i> U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Barracks, Pa. image. Click for full size.
Military Order of the Loyal Legion United States ,Massachusetts Commandery Collection
12. Gen. Edward Potter,photo part of U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,043 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on September 15, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   11. submitted on September 16, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   12. submitted on September 15, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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