Roanoke Rapids in Halifax County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
—Confederate Lifeline —
Four major railroads served Weldon, making the town a major transportation center by 1861. Because of the movement of troops and supplies was such a critical component of the Southern war effort, the Roanoke Navigation Company experienced a resurgence. The canal was once again used to carry regional farm products to the rail junctions at Weldon for Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Although Union
"The importance of the Roanoke River is apparent. [It is] navigable ... to Weldon, the importance of which place, both on account of its railway connections and communications with the rebel army in Virginia and its water connection with the North Carolina sounds, is evident. ... The fertililty of the Roanoke Valley is well known and duly appreciated by rebel authorities, who depend on it for large supplies for their armies, and who are now making strenuous efforts to provide against its being taken, by fortifications and concentration of troops." - Col. Jones Frankle, 2nd Mass. Artillery, Nov. 24, 1864
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 28.466′ N, 77° 38.879′ W. Marker is in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, in Halifax County. Marker is at the intersection of Jackson Street Extended and Roanoke Avenue (North Carolina Highway 48), on the right when traveling west on Jackson Street Extended Touch for map. Located in front of the Roanoke Canal Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Roanoke Rapids NC 27870, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Roanoke Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); First Kraft Pulp in United States (approx. ¼ mile away); Allen Jones (approx. 3.3 miles away); Benjamin S. Turner (approx. 3.3 miles away); Weldon Railroads (approx. 4.3 miles away); Rockfish Capital of the World (approx. 4.3 miles away); Wilmington and Weldon Railroad (approx. 4.3 miles away); a different marker also named Roanoke Canal (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roanoke Rapids.
Also see . . . Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail. (Submitted on August 28, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 344 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 28, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.