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Washington in Beaufort County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Tranter's Creek

Brothers in Battle

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By Don Morfe, September 27, 2013
1. Tranter's Creek Marker
Inscription. After Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnsideís army captured Roanoke Island in February 1862, Federal troops occupied New Bern the next month and then secured the undefended town of Washington on March 20. Although several weeks passed with only a few skirmishes between the opposing forces, by May 19 Col. George B. Singletaryís 44th North Carolina Infantry was on picket duty west of Washington in the vicinity of Tranterís Creek, where it threatened the Federal garrison. Singletary planned to attack the town and was awaiting several pieces of artillery to support his assault. Union Gen. Edward E. Potter learned of Singletaryís plans and ordered the 24th Massachusetts Infantry to launch a spoiling attack. On June 5, Lt. Col. Francis A. Osborn led the regiment from Washington, accompanied by the 1st New York Marine Artillery. The combined force met the Confederates a mile north of here at Myersí Bridge, which spanned the Tranterís Creek.

The Federal gunboat Picket shelled the Confederate forces from the river to support Osbornís attack. Both he and Singletary had about 500 men. Within minutes, Osborn lost nineteen men killed and wounded in the action. The engagement quickly turned in the Federalí favor, however, when a sniperís bullet killed Singletary, his brother, Lt. Col. Thomas C. Singletary, took command, and after three hours,
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By Don Morfe, September 27, 2013
2. Tranter's Creek Marker
the Confederates withdrew, having lost four men killed. Osborn returned to Washington. Confederates forces reoccupied the town in April 1864.

Lt. William B. Avery, 1st New York Marine Artillery, later received a Medal of Honor for his bravery at Tranterís Creek, where he “handled his battery with greatest coolness amidst the hottest fire.” North Carolina Governor Henry T. Clark commended Lt. Col. Singletary for his gallantry.

(right) The Battle of Tranterís Creek, near Washington, North Carolina, June 5, 1862, Harperís Weekly
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 36.234′ N, 77° 8.202′ W. Marker is in Washington, North Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on Pactolus Highway (U.S. 264) 0.1 miles west of Voa Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington NC 27889, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bryan Grimes (approx. 4 miles away); Lindsay C. Warren (approx. 5.8 miles away); St. John the Evangelist Church
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By Don Morfe
3. Tranter's Creek Marker
William B. Avery was awarded the Medal of Honor for action at Tranter's Creek. He is buried in North Burial Grounds, Providence RI. The grave GPS coordinates are N41.8473 W71.4080.
(approx. 5.9 miles away); Burning Of Washington (approx. 5.9 miles away); John H. Small (approx. 5.9 miles away); C. C. Cambreleng (approx. 5.9 miles away); Siege Of Washington (approx. 6 miles away); Havens Memorial Building (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 541 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 30, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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