Laurinburg in Scotland County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
“Roads Almost Impassable”
—Carolinas Campaign —
The Carolinas Campaign began on February 1, 1865, when Union Gen. William T. Sherman led his army north from Savannah, Georgia, after the March to the Sea. Sherman's objective was to join Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in Virginia to crush Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Scattered Confederate forces consolidated in North Carolina, the Confederacy's logistical lifeline, where Sherman defeated Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's last-ditch attack at Bentonville. After Sherman was reinforced at Goldsboro late in March, Johnston saw the futility of further resistance and surrendered on April 26, essentially ending the Civil War.
Stewartsville was the the birthplace of Joseph Roswell Hawley, supporter of Abraham Lincoln, general in the U.S. Army, and U.S. Senator from Connecticut from 1881 to 1905. Hawley was born here on October 31, 1826, while his father served as a Methodist preacher nearby. The family returned to the north in 1837. After the Confederate port of Wilmington fell in 1865, Hawley was responsible for delivering supplies from there to Gen. William T. Sherman's troops. Afterward, and during the first year of Military Reconstruction, Hawley commanded in eastern North Carolina. According to local tradition, when he returned to his birthplace to introduce himself to the current residents, they refused
Union Gen. Frank P. Blair, Jr., led his corps past here behind you on Barnes Bridge Road on March 8, 1865. Meanwhile, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston followed Gen. Robert E. Lee's orders to "concentrate all available forces and drive Sherman back," moving Gen. Joseph Wheeler's and William J. Hardee's commands ahead of the Federals.
Staff officers from the rear of General Smith's and Woods' trains report the roads almost impassable and the trains of both divisions terribly stretched out and miring badly. The rear of General Woods' train is reported as about one mile and a half this side of Springfield with about seventy wagons on the road." — Gen. John A. Logan, Laurel Hill, N.C., March 8, 1865
The road has become so bad that the other divisions will be obliged to camp within about three miles of here. The entire road has to be corduroyed [covered with logs over the mud]. ... There is water on each side of the [Lumber River] bridge and it will be necessary to bridge it in the morning should the river rise much to-night." — Gen. Frank P. Blair, Jr., Gilopolis,
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 34° 44.581′ N, 79° 25.007′ W. Marker is in Laurinburg, North Carolina, in Scotland County. Marker is at the intersection of Harry Malloy Road and Stewartsville Cemetary Road, on the left when traveling east on Harry Malloy Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Laurinburg NC 28352, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stewartsville Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Laurinburg-Maxton Air Base (approx. 2.7 miles away); Scotland County Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Quackenbush (approx. 3.4 miles away); Our Confederate Heroes (approx. 3.4 miles away); Laurinburg (approx. 3.4 miles away); Edwin Gill (approx. 3½ miles away); Carolina College (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laurinburg.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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