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Goldsboro in Wayne County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Goldsboro

Major Rail Center

 
 
Goldsboro Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 20, 2013
1. Goldsboro Marker
Inscription. During the Civil War, Goldsboro (then spelled Goldsborough) wa an important railroad junction and a vital link in the Confederate supply chain. Here the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad, which ran from Morehead City to Raleigh, intersected the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad. These railroads were essential to both sides, but especially to the Confederacy. Blockade runners sailed into Wilmington with supplies that were then transported by rail through Goldsboro to the Confederate army in Virginia using the Petersburg Railroad from Weldon to Petersburg. Confederate troops were stationed here during the war to guard the city and to be transported where needed by rail. Hospitals were also established here to treat the wounded. Some of the men who died here are among the 800 Confederate soldiers buried in a mass grave at Willow Dale Cemetery, five blocks to the south.    When New Bern fell in March 1862, earthworks were built 18 blocks east of here along Stoney Creek. Sections of the works can still be found along Claiborne Street.

In December 1862, during Union Gen. John G. Foster's raid, his troops temporarily cut the railroad line. In 1865, Goldsboro was Union Gen. William T. Sherman's main objective on his march through the Carolinas.Three Union armies converged here to use the railroads for
Railroad Map of eastern North Carolina image. Click for full size.
By Goldsboro Marker, `
2. Railroad Map of eastern North Carolina
supply and to prepare for further action after the battles at Bentonville and Wyse Fork in March 1865. Federal Hospitals were established here, and for three weeks more than 100,000 Union soldiers occupied the city.
 
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 35° 22.999′ N, 77° 59.567′ W. Marker is in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in Wayne County. Marker is on William Street near Mulberry Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the Wayne County Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Goldsboro NC 27530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seymour Johnson AFB History / 4th Fighter Wing History Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wayne County Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Wm. T. Dortch (about 500 feet away); Charles B. Aycock (about 500 feet away); North Carolina Press Association (about 600 feet away); John Lawson (about 600 feet away); Company E, 119th Infantry, Goldsboro Rifles World War I Monument
Gen. John G. Foster image. Click for full size.
Goldsboro Marker; Library of Congress, `
3. Gen. John G. Foster
(about 600 feet away); First Pentecostal Holiness Church Congregation (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goldsboro.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
"View of Goldsborough" image. Click for full size.
Goldsboro Marker; UNC Library, `
4. "View of Goldsborough"
Goldsboro Marker on the Wayne County Museum grounds image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 20, 2013
5. Goldsboro Marker on the Wayne County Museum grounds
Goldsboro Marker at the Wayne County Museum. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 20, 2013
6. Goldsboro Marker at the Wayne County Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 384 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 27, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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