A Mighty FortressAt the beginning of the Civil War, the Confederates fortified the high bluffs of Rainbow Banks here on the Roanoke River. The fort helped prevent Union gunboat attacks in the upper Roanoke River Valley, guarded the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad bridge at Weldon that helped supply Gen. Robert E. Lee's army in Virginia, and protected the construction site of the ironclad ram CSS Albemarle just north of Hamilton. Fort Branch was named for Confederate Gen. Lawrence O'Bryan Branch, a local hero who was killed at the Battle of Antietam, Maryland, on September 17, 1862.
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|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||Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 8:08pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 304105 N 3978041|
|Decimal Degrees||35.92710000, -77.17136667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 55.626', W 77° 10.282'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 55' 37.56" N, 77° 10' 16.92" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 2322-3246 Fort Branch Rd, Oak City NC 27857, US|
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