Murdoch Gun Factory
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NCDaywalker
N 34° 49.225 W 079° 31.770
17S E 634483 N 3854113
Quick Description: This informational sign on the Civil War Discovery Trail located in Laurel Hill, NC is near the site of the Murdoch Gun Factory destroyed by Sherman's troops in 1865.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 7/13/2009 10:13:15 AM
Waymark Code: WM6RE3
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 8

Long Description:
Presently, this site has offices in the buildings directly across the road. Further to the northeast, the remains of a textile plant are located. Salvage crews are dismantling the building to recycle the bricks, lumber, metal parts for other uses.
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.

More reading

Last Stand in the Carolinas: The Battle of Bentonville by Mark Bradley, published by DaCapo Press 1996

This Astounding Close, The Road to Bennett Place by Mark Bradley, published by the University of North Carolina Press 2000

Sherman's March through North Carolina by Angley, Cross and Hill, published by Division of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
From the web site: (visit link)
Type of site: Factory

10421 Old Wire Road
Laurel Hill, NC USA

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
Trails sign located at 10421 Old Wire Road (Route 144), 2 miles north of Laurel Hill –

Phone Number: Not listed

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