Brothers in BattleAfter Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's army captured Roanoke Island in February 1862, Federal troops occupied New Bern the next month and then secured the undefended town of Washington on March 20. Although several weeks passed with only a few skirmishes between the opposing forces, by May 19 Col. George B. Singletary's 44th North Carolina Infantry was on picket duty west of Washington in the vicinity of Tranter's Creek, where it threatened the Federal garrison. Singletary planned to attack the town and was awaiting several pieces of artillery to support his assault. Union Gen. Edward E. Potter learned of Singletary's plans and ordered the 24th Massachusetts Infantry to launch a spoiling attack. On June 5, Lt. Col. Francis A. Osborn led the regiment from Washington, accompanied by the 1st New York Marine Artillery. The combined force met the Confederates a mile north of here at Myers' Bridge, which spanned the Tranter's Creek.
|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||Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 1:25pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 306451 N 3942118|
|Decimal Degrees||35.60390000, -77.13670000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 36.234', W 77° 8.202'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 36' 14.04" N, 77° 8' 12.12" W|
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|Area Code(s)||252, 919|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6149 US-264, Washington NC 27889, US|
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