Near Wilkesboro in Wilkes County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Deserters and Desperados
On night in early May, a posse under a former Confederate Maj. Harvey Bingham of the Watauga County Home Guard assaulted Fort Hamby, but a gang there killed two and drove off the rest. A week later, Wade and his men attacked the home of W.C. Green, a former Confederate officer, in Alexander County. Green had armed his children and servants, and together they opened fire on the bandits, wounding at least one and chasing away the others. The next day, former Confederate Col. Washington Sharpe led another posse against Fort Hamby and besieged the place. After a standoff, Sharpe had an outbuilding set afire before dawn.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 7.799′ N, 81° 16.367′ W. Marker is near Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in Wilkes County. Marker is on Recreation Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the entrance of Fort Hamby park. Marker is in this post office area: Wilkesboro NC 28697, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named "Fort Hamby" (approx. 1.8 miles away but has been reported missing); Montfort Stokes (approx. 4.4 miles away); Boone Homesteads (approx. 4.4 miles away); James Wellborn (approx. 4.8 miles away); James Larkin Pearson (approx. 5.4 miles away); Thomas C. Dula (approx. 6 miles away); James B. Gordon (approx. 6.7 miles away); Colonel Ben Cleveland (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilkesboro.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 493 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 15, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.