South Mills in Camden County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of South Mills
Fight for the Canal
—Burnside Expedition —
Three miles southeast of here, Reno encountered Confederate Col. Ambrose R. Wright’s 3rd Georgia Regiment and North Carolina militiamen (about 750 altogether) in a ditch behind a fence, obscured by burning brush in another ditch in front. A Confederate battery commanded the road. After several hours of skirmishing, Union Col. Rush C. Hawkins ordered his 9th New York Zouaves to charge the battery, but strong Confederate fire drove them back with heavy casualties. After more fighting, Wright withdrew to Joy’s Creek to await reinforcements and more ammunition. The Federals bivouacked on the field but marched back to Elizabeth City during the night when rumors of a counterattack
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 26.492′ N, 76° 19.518′ W. Marker is in South Mills, North Carolina, in Camden County. Marker is on Canal Drive 0.3 miles south of Main Street (U.S. 17), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Mills NC 27976, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dismal Swamp Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away); McBride Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of South Mills (approx. 2.3 miles away); Seven Patriot Heroes (approx. 9.9 miles away in Virginia); Moycock (approx. 10.2 miles away); Dividing Line First School (approx. 11.2 miles away); W. O. Saunders (approx. 11.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Mills.
More about this marker. On the lower left are portraits of "Gen. Ambrose Burnside" and "Gen. Jesse Reno"
In the center is a photograph with the caption, "Col. Rush C. Hawkins, clad in the Zouaves’ colorful uniform."
On the right is a map of the "South Mills engagement on Dismal Swamp Canal"
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 616 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 25, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.