Near Graham in Alamance County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Johnston Moves West
—Carolinas Campaign —
The southern column of Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s Army of Tennessee approached the Haw River here at Ruffin Mills as it marched west away from Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s army on the rainy morning of April 15, 1865. Col. John W. Hinsdale, 3rd North Carolina Junior Reserves (72nd North Carolina State Troops) later wrote, “We found the stream rising rapidly. In crossing the river, several of our boys were drowned by leaving the ford to reach some fish traps a short distance below and being caught in the swift current and swept down into the deep water below.”
Lt. Robert M. Furman, 2nd North Carolina Junior Reserves (71st North Carolina
“The men tried to form the Monkey’s chain by holding each others hands, but the current was too strong and broke their hold,” wrote musician William J. Worsham, 19th Tennessee Infantry. “We … debated in our minds whether to go on or return as the water then was under our arms and deeper further on. Just then Gen. [Benjamin F.] Cheatham came riding in and as he passed us we caught hold of his horse’s tail and landed safely on the other side.”
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 1.087′ N, 79° 21.938′ W. Marker is near Graham, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker can be reached from Boywood Road. Touch for map. Located on the west bank of the Haw River. Path to marker is accessible from the canoe ramp
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Butler (approx. half a mile away); Alexander Wilson (approx. 1.3 miles away); W. Kerr Scott (approx. 2½ miles away); a different marker also named Johnston Moves West (approx. 2½ miles away); Mt. Hermon Meeting House (approx. 3.6 miles away); Graham College (approx. 3.8 miles away); Kirk-Holden War (approx. 3.8 miles away); Captain James W. White House (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Graham.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2011, by Dave Twamley of Durham, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 596 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 12, 2011, by Dave Twamley of Durham, North Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.