Our Businessman-SoldierAfter John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, in 1859, new militia companies were formed in the South. Businessman William W. McDowell, whose wife acquired this house from her father's and brother's estates, raised a company called the Buncombe Riflemen. After the war began in 1861, the unit entered Confederate service as Co. E, 1st North Carolina Infantry, under Col. Daniel H. Hill. McDowell led his company during the first land engagement of the conflict in present-day Virginia, the Battle of Big Bethel, on June 10, 1861. The 1st North Carolina played a key role in repulsing the 5th New York Infantry's attack on the Confederate left flank and was largely credited with the victory.
|Series||This marker is part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||North Carolina Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 8:40pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 359089 N 3937604|
|Decimal Degrees||35.57211667, -82.55503333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 34.327', W 82° 33.302'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 34' 19.62" N, 82° 33' 18.12" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||704, 828|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 283 Victoria Rd, Asheville NC 28801, US|
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