August 22, four North Carolina Civil War Trail signs were installed in
Plymouth’s Historic District. These signs connect Washington County to a
three-state trail system that Mitch Bowman, executive director of the
Civil War Trails, calls “a giant outdoor museum.” The Civil War Trails
program is deemed a success because it gives everyone access to
noteworthy Civil War historic sites. Each marker tells a story and is
accompanied by artwork.
Plymouth is the site
of one of the largest Civil War battles fought in North Carolina. The
Washington County markers interpret this story. An official dedication
of the markers is being planned for the weekend of The 15th Annual
Battle of Plymouth Living History Weekend, April 15 – 17, 2005.
Follow the NC Civil War Trail Blazer signs for a trip through this
exciting part our history.
- - Describes the last
major Confederate victory in North Carolina. Combined water-ground
assault April 17-20, 1864, resulted in the Confederates recapturing
the town, 2,500 prisoners and 25 cannons.
- - Tells the story of
the famous ironclad built in 1863. The Albemarle saw action in the
battle of Plymouth and on the Sound in 1864. It was finally sunk
Oct. 27, 1864, when the Federals reoccupied its base here.
- - Daring attack by a
Union launch commanded by 21-year-old Lt. William B. Cushing, sank
the CSS Albemarle here Oct. 27, 1862. The weapon: a cask of
gunpowder at the end of a wooden spar impaled the ironclad and
- - Bullet holes attest to this home's
use as a Southern sniper's nest during a Confederate attempt to take
the town Dec. 10, 1862. The Southerners eventually withdrew. The
sniper was killed here.
- - Trails
sign located east of Somerset near the Pettigrew grave site in
Pettigrew State Park, 7 miles south of Creswell – Confederate Gen.
James Johnson Pettigrew was born and is buried here on one of his
family’s plantations. He was wounded while leading his division
during Pickett’s/Pettigrew’s Charge at Gettysburg and again,
mortally, during the Confederate retreat from that battlefield a few
A sixth sign will be installed on East Main Street at the site of
as soon as safe and adequate parking is
established at the site.
For more information regarding Plymouth’s role in the Civil War and the
15th Annual Battle of Plymouth Living History Weekend, visit
www.livinghistoryweekend.com. The 2005 annual event will take place
April 15-17. Mark your calendars today!