Asheville in Buncombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Asheville
Isaac M. Kirby left East Tenn.
with 1100 men on a raid against
Asheville. On April 6, Kirby's
force was defeated by local
militia under Col. G. W. Clayton.
Earthworks remain 100 yds. N.
Erected 1962 by Archives and Highway Departments. (Marker Number P-56.)
Location. 35° 36.795′ N, 82° 34.181′ W. Marker is in Asheville, North Carolina, in Buncombe County. Marker is on Broadway (State Highway 1781), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located near the Broadway Street entrance to UNC Asheville Campus. Marker is in this post office area: Asheville NC 28801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Battle of Asheville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Buncombe Turnpike (approx. ¼ mile away); The University of North Carolina at Asheville (approx. ¼ mile away); Zelda Fitzgerald (approx. ¼ mile away); Richmond Pearson (approx. 0.6 miles away); Riverside Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); 1st U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Locke Craig (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Asheville.
Regarding Battle of Asheville.
With word of their approach, Colonel George W. Clayton, Asheville’s highest-ranking officer at the time, called upon the Home Guard to defend the city. The forty-four member “Silver Grays,” who counted among their ranks a 14 year old boy and a 60 year old Baptist minister, were bolstered by about 250 more men that Clayton “bullied, argued, or shamed” into taking up arms to defend Asheville. Clayton gathered the men and two small brass Napoleon cannons and marched them to rough earthworks that overlooked the French Broad route being used by Kirby’s men. When the two forces met at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, they simply lined up and began firing. There was no maneuvering, but gunfire, peppered with a few cannon blasts, continued for about five hours.
Kirby’s men retreated recklessly along the same route they had used for the approach,
The site of the breastworks is now part of the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. A controversy still teems in and around Asheville—was the encounter of April 3, 1865, a battle, a skirmish, or an engagement? Placed in context, and with what little is known about the event, the best evidence (contrary to the wording at the head of the marker) would indicate that it fell well short of a battle but is rather more properly seen as an engagement. (North Carolina Office of Archives & History — Department of Cultural Resource)
Also see . . .
1. includes A Confederate Victory at the Battle of Asheville in a nutshell. (Submitted on May 21, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Living History Sites. Surprisingly, the Battle of Asheville is found in the midst of the Botanical Gardens, at University of North Carolina, near downtown Asheville (Submitted on May 21, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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