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Murfreesboro in Hertford County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Murfreesboro

Naval Target

 
 
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By Dave Twamley, July 17, 2010
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Inscription. Murfreesboro, a prosperous riverfront commercial center, interested both sides during the war. In June 1862, Confederate Gen. Theophilus H. Holmes ordered cotton destroyed here and in other nearby towns. Eighty Confederate cavalrymen executing his order left Murfreesboro on June 27 and fired on USS gunboat Ellis in the Meherrin River off the Winton road, but retired when the vessel replied with shell, canister and grapeshot.

On May 15, 1863, "guerillas" (Confederate home guards) captured U.S. steamers Emily and Arrow in the Currituck Canal and North River. Two Federal vessels and troops sent to recover the steamers anchored at Murfreesboro on May 22. Here, they reported, they "captured, gave to the poor, and destroyed... about 10,000 pounds of bacon, together with a quantity of lard and 15 boxes of 6-pound fixed ammunition."

During Col. Samuel P. Spear's raid on the Weldon railroad bridge on July 26, 1863, Maj. Samuel J. Wheeler's Murfreesboro home guards ambushed the 17th Massachusetts Infantry three miles this side of Winton. The Confederates, outnumbered, were quickly driven back. U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charles W. Flusser then steamed up to Murfreesboro with three vessels, burned the bridge, and captured a Confederate soldier.

The last action here occurred on April 5, 1865, when Col. Edward V. Sumner led
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By Dave Twamley, July 17, 2010
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Looking south from East Main Street in Downtown Murfreesboro.
the 1st New York Mounted Rifles into town. He put 70 cotton bales on transport vessels for Norfolk, then drove off nearby North Carolina cavalry.

(Lower Left Sidebar):
The site of Murfreesboro was settled as early as 1720. William Murfree donated land for the town, which was incorporated in 1787. Murfreesboro thrived as a port during the 18th and 19th centuries, and many of its historic structures date from then and survived the Civil War.

(Lower Right Sidebar):
According to local tradition, in 1862, when a Federal officer entered Melrose (right), he saw owner Col. James M. Wynns's Masonic apron. The Union officer, also a Mason, ordered that nothing be destroyed.
 
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 26.538′ N, 77° 6.046′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, in Hertford County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and South Wynn Street, on the right when traveling east on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Murfreesboro NC 27855, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Murfree House (within shouting distance of this marker);
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By Dave Twamley, July 17, 2010
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J. William Copeland (within shouting distance of this marker); Chowan University (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Murfreesboro Veterans Monument (about 800 feet away); Dr. Walter Reed (approx. 0.2 miles away); David Collin Barnes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stanley Winborne (approx. 0.3 miles away); John H. Wheeler (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Dave Twamley, July 17, 2010
4. Murfreesboro Marker
Melrose. Home of Confederate Col. James M. Wynn. Located approximately 800 feet north of marker at intersection of East Broad Street and North Wynn Street.
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By Dave Twamley, July 17, 2010
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2011, by Dave Twamley of Durham, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 596 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 15, 2011, by Dave Twamley of Durham, North Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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