Attack of the 17th Massachusetts

Attack of the 17th Massachusetts (HMJ07)

Location: Dudley, NC 28333 Wayne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 20.304', W 78° 1.536'

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— Battle of Goldsborough Bridge —

It was along the top of this railroad embankment that one Union regiment, the 17thMassachusetts, approached the railroad bridge one quarter mile to your left. As the menof the 17th fought their way along the top of the embankment they came under heavy firefrom Confederate troops who had taken refuge in the tree line behind you. One survivorof the regiment recalled: "from the skirt of woods bordering the field on the left, camewhiz-z-z, a volley of musketry fired by file, followed in a half a minute's time by anothervolley delivered at once....And then commenced a scene that it would be vain to attemptto describe....In less time than I can relate it, every man who was not wounded, hadjumped, tumbled headlong or rolled over into the ditch at the right of the track and theregiment was thrown into the wildest confusion." After regaining their composure, theMassachusetts men began to "commence a rapid fire upon the enemy, using the elevated bed of the railroad as a breastwork." To add to their woes, the 17th was also subjected to artillery fire from a railroad car fitted with a cannon which was located atthe entrance of the railroad bridge to your left and was firing down the tracks. One Union soldier noted that this gun "sent its bolts with such earnest precision as to force us to leave the track and hug the embankment."
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HM NumberHMJ07
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Placed ByThe Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield Association
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 12:29am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 770337 N 3914632
Decimal Degrees35.33840000, -78.02560000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 20.304', W 78° 1.536'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 20' 18.24" N, 78° 1' 32.16" W
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Area Code(s)919
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 225-371 State Rd 1926, Dudley NC 28333, US
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