The Forks Road Engagement
— Confederate Lifeline —Here, in the earthworks in front of you, Confederate Gen. Robert F. Hoke's troops made a stand on February 20-21, 1865. They were attempting to halt the Union army's advance on Wilmington, the Confederacy's principal seaport. Blockade runners, together with the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, formed a supply lifeline essential to the survival of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. That lifeline had been disrupted on January 15, when Fort Fisher, at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, fell to Union army and navy forces. Four weeks later, the Federals headed for Wilmington to take control of the river and the railroads to supply Gen. William T. Sherman's army, which was marching northward through the Carolinas to join Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's forces in Virginia.
|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 9:00pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 231359 N 3786493|
|Decimal Degrees||34.18485000, -77.91486667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 34° 11.091', W 77° 54.892'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||34° 11' 5.46" N, 77° 54' 53.52" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 3055-3085 Independence Blvd, Wilmington NC 28412, US|
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