Union Assault on the Bridge

Union Assault on the Bridge (HMJ0K)

Location: Dudley, NC 28333 Wayne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 20.382', W 78° 1.464'

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— Battle of Goldsborough Bridge —

Union General John G. Foster's prime objective, the wooden covered Wilmington & Weldon railroad bridge, crossed the Neuse River here. After the 51st and 52nd North Carolina regiments were pushed back by the Union advance coming through the fields on the other side of the tracks and from atop the railroad embankment, Union volunteers rushed forward to burn the bridge. Five enlisted men from the 17th Massachusetts and 9th New Jersey, led by two officers, Lieutenant George Graham of the 23rd New YorkArtillery and Lieutenant Barnabas Mann of the 17th Massachusetts,made their way to the bridge. Mann was severely wounded inthe assault, but the others continued forward. One witness describedthe assault: "The Confederates on the bridge, and those nearby,plainly seeing the object upon which these men were bent,directed their fire upon them with terrible fury." One of thevolunteers "crept down the embankment into the edge of thewoods and, gathering an armful of dried leaves and lightwood, scampered back....While clambering back up the embankment....was discovered by a party of Confederates under the bridge, who with bitter curses sent their compliments in the shape of a shower of bullets and buckshot, one passing through his canteenone through his cup, another through his coat, and still another through his old cap. Placing the leaves, with the fuses, upon a beam....they were set on fire and in another minute the interior was enveloped inflames." Once the fire was set Foster brought all of his artillery to bear on the bridge, to help in its destruction and to keep the Confederates from extinguishing the flames. In a short time, the bridge was destroyed. Union troops then stacked their muskets and began tearing up the railroad tracks to further damage the Confederate supply line.
HM NumberHMJ0K
Placed ByThe Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield Association
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 12:41pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 770442 N 3914779
Decimal Degrees35.33970000, -78.02440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 20.382', W 78° 1.464'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 20' 22.92" N, 78° 1' 27.84" 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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