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Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church Civil War Trial Marker
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NCDaywalker
N 34° 49.912 W 079° 27.930
17S E 640317 N 3855471
Quick Description: This is the site of Union Army encampment while resting and procuring supplies from the locals before moving on to Fayetteville and Goldsboro.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 7/10/2009 7:41:10 PM
Waymark Code: WM6QWN
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 5

Long Description:
"After making his famous "March to the Sea" to Savannah, Ga., in late 1864, Union Gen. William T. Sherman cast his eyes northward toward the Carolinas and a possible link-up with Gen. U.S. Grant, who then was tightening his noose around Gen. Robert E. Lee at Petersburg, Va.

Sherman's army of 60,000 entered South Carolina in February 1865 and moved quickly north, burning the capital at Columbia and destroying and looting countless civilian farms and plantations.

Entering North Carolina the first week in March, Sherman marched toward Goldsboro, an important railroad junction sitting on what had been "Lee's Lifeline." Union forces quickly captured Fayetteville and burned the arsenal there. Confederate resistance at Averasboro was swept aside.

Confederate commander Gen. Joseph Johnston managed to assemble a force large enough to put up a fight at Bentonville March 19–21, but the weight of Sherman's advance eventually overwhelmed him.

Johnston withdrew, his army ending up west of Raleigh. After more than a week of negotiation near Durham, Johnston surrendered his troops April 26, 1865.

Trails sign located at the intersection of Old Wire Road (Route 144) and MacFarland Road, 5 miles north of Laurel Hill – Sherman and part of his army camped here the evening of March 8, issuing orders to deal "moderately and fairly" with the citizens of North Carolina. The church, still standing, maintains examples of soldier graffiti from the episode."

From web site: (visit link)

In a conversation with the church's historian, I am told the General Sherman actually spent the night in the church before moving on to burn the arsenal at Fayetteville, NC.
Type of site: Church

15301 McFarland Road
Laurinburg, NC USA

Phone Number: 910-276-7151

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
From Laurinburg, NC: US 501 N out of Laurinburg, travel approx 2 miles to McFarland Road, turn left, church is on right, approx one mile. From Aberdeen, NC: US 501 S out of Aberdeen, travel approx 22 miles to NC 144, turn right, go approx one mile turn left on McFarland Road, church on left approx 1/2 mile. From Laurel Hill, NC: take NC 144 approx 5 miles east to McFarland Road, turn right, church on left approx 1/2 mile. From Wagram, NC: take NC 144 West, approx. 10 miles to intersection of US 501, cross intersection (USE CAUTION AT THIS INTERSECTION, VEHICLES ARE CLOSER THAN THEY LOOK, TRAVELING FASTER THAN YOU THINK) travel approx. one mile turn left on McFarland road, church on left approx. 1/2 mile.

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