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New Bern in Craven County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

John Wright Stanly House

A House Divided

 
 
John Wright Stanly House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
1. John Wright Stanly House Marker
Inscription. This house was the birthplace of two men who fought on opposing sides during the Civil War: Edward Stanly, the Unionist military governor of North Carolina, and Confederate Gen. Lewis Addison Armistead, who was mortally wounded during the Battle of Gettysburg. Stanly, born here in 1810, accepted the post of military governor from President Abraham Lincoln in May 1862, in the hope that he might lead his hometown and state back into the Union. He was unsuccessful and resigned in March 1863. Armistead, Stanley’s nephew, was born here in 1817. He fell at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, during Gen. James Longstreet’s attack on the Federal position atop Cemetery Ridge (“Pickett’s Charge”) and died two days later.

After Union forces defeated Confederate troops in the Battle of New Bern on March 14, 1862, this house was selected as the headquarters of Union commander Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside. Later in the war, the house served as headquarters for Stanly General Hospital (later called Foster General Hospital) and as a convent for the Sisters of Mercy, Roman Catholic nuns who worked as nurses in the hospital.

John Wright Stanly built his house between 1779 and 1783. During the Civil War, it stood on it original site at the southwest corner of New and Middle Streets (current site of a 1930s Federal building and parking
John Wright Stanly House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
2. John Wright Stanly House Marker
lot). The house was moved in 1932 and moved again to this site in 1966.
 
Erected 2004 by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
 
Location. 35° 6.436′ N, 77° 2.667′ W. Marker is in New Bern, North Carolina, in Craven County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Bern NC 28562, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named John Wright Stanly House (a few steps from this marker); Washington's Southern Tour (within shouting distance of this marker); Jones House (within shouting distance of this marker); Tryon Palace (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Walker Hood (about 500 feet away); Attmore-Oliver House (about 600 feet away); George H. White (about 700 feet away); New Bern Academy (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Bern.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Close up of image on John Wright Stanly House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
3. Close up of image on John Wright Stanly House Marker
The photo on the left is captioned, "U.S. Military Governor Edward Stanly"(photo provided for use on the marker courtesy of Henry Deeks Collection)
The photo on the right is captioned, "Confederate General Lewis Addison Armistead"
Close up of image on John Wright Stanly House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
4. Close up of image on John Wright Stanly House Marker
The Stanly House at its original site at the southwest corner of New and Middle Streets, ca. 1863. (photo provided for use on the marker by the U.S. Army Military History Institute).
John Wright Stanly House image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 14, 2014
5. John Wright Stanly House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2014, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 368 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 19, 2014, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   5. submitted on September 8, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.
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