Near Creswell in Tyrrell County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
... and Last Resting Place
When South Carolina seceded from the Union on December 20, 1860, Pettigrew was elected colonel of the 1st South Carolina Rifles. After the fall of Fort Sumter on April 13, 1861, he enlisted in Hampton’s Legion, and then served as colonel of the 22nd North Carolina Infantry. Wounded and captured at Seven Pines during the Peninsula Campaign in Virginia, Pettigrew was exchanged in August 1862 and assumed command of the a brigade, serving in eastern Virginia and North Carolina. He and his brigade joined the Army of Northern Virginia in June 1863 and fought in one of the most celebrated episodes of the war at Gettysburg. Pettigrew commanded a division in “Pickett’s Charge”
“I regret to announce the death of General J.J. Pettigrew, commanding the North Carolina brigade of Heth’s division, General A.P. Hill’s corps. He was wounded by pistol-shot in the attack of the enemy’s cavalry on our rear guard in crossing the Potomac on the morning of the 14th instant. The army has lost a brave soldier and the Confederacy an accomplished officer.” - Gen. Robert E. Lee, July 17, 1863
(lower left) Combat artist Alfred R. Waud captured the charge of the 6th Michigan Cavalry against Confederate positions at Falling Waters on July 14, 1863. During the rear guard action there, Gen. James Johnston Pettigrew fell mortally wounded and died three days later. Courtesy Library of Congress
(upper center left) Pettigrew’s brigade at Gettysburg, mural — Courtesy Institute of Government, University of North Carolina
(upper center right) Gen. James. J. Pettigrew, posthumous portrait by William Garl Brown from a wartime likeness — Courtesy Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 46.986′ N, 76° 24.102′ W. Marker is near Creswell, North Carolina, in Tyrrell County. Marker can be reached from Magnolia Road (County Route 1118) 0.3 miles south of Lake Shore Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of Pettigrew State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Creswell NC 27928, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cherry (approx. 4.7 miles away); Cherry Colored School (approx. 4.8 miles away); Concord Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 5.2 miles away); Cool Spring (approx. 5.7 miles away); Lake Company (approx. 6.2 miles away); James Johnston Pettigrew (approx. 6.2 miles away); Somerset Place (approx. 6.2 miles away); Charles Pettigrew (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Creswell.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 291 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 2, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.