Near Dunn in Harnett County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Averasboro
Sherman’s Left Wing Departs Averasboro
—Carolinas Campaign —
After the delay of his army’s Left Wing at the Battle of Averasboro, Gen. William T. Sherman marched most of it past this point en route to Goldsboro. He sent
Gen. William J. Hardee’s command, meanwhile, had withdrawn through Averasboro and east of the Black River into Johnston County. There his troops reassembled in the elevated area about fifteen miles from Averasboro, then marched east to join Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and the main body of Confederates near Bentonville. Hardee left more than 600 wounded men in the care of physicians and civilians at the plantation houses on the Averasboro battlefield and in the town. Later, wounded Confederates from both Averasboro and Bentonville traveled by rail from Smithfield to a Thomasville hospital.
(Sidebar): The town of Averasboro was located on the Cape Fear River three miles north of the battlefield and five miles west of here. Averasboro had a post office, stage stop, sawmill, ferry, and as many as 700 inhabitants depending upon the river commerce at the time. The Fayetteville to Raleigh Stage Road passed directly through Averasboro. The town, which was abandoned by early 1900s in favor
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 16.5′ N, 78° 37.54′ W. Marker is near Dunn, North Carolina, in Harnett County. Marker is at the intersection of Norma Drive and Longbranch Road, on the left when traveling south on Norma Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dunn NC 28334, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sherman's March (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Averasboro (approx. 2.2 miles away); G. B. Cashwell (approx. 2.4 miles away); Lebanon (approx. 2.6 miles away); North Carolina (approx. 2.7 miles away); Averasboro Battlefield Museum (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Averasboro (approx. 2.7 miles away); South Carolina Troops at Battle of Averasboro, NC (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dunn.
More about this marker. The marker displays portraits of Gens. Sherman, Hardee, and Johnson in the upper center. Below the portraits a campaign
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Averasboro. Civil War Album offers several pages of photos of the Averasboro battlefield. (Submitted on January 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Civil War Traveler. North Carolina Civil War Trails. (Submitted on March 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,219 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on March 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. Photos: 1. submitted on January 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 2, 3. submitted on August 3, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 4. submitted on January 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.