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  • Monument Name

    Taliaferro’s Division Monument, Averasboro Battlefield, Dunn

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • City

    Dunn

  • County

    Cumberland

  • Description

    The monument is a granite slab commemorating the division that manned the first line of defense for the Confederates during the Battle of Averasboro. The slab is rectangular with a shallow point at the top, giving it a tombstone-like appearance.

    Images: Front inscription | Rear inscription

  • Inscription

    Front: TALIAFERRO’S / DIVISION ELLIOTT’S BRIGADE / 22ND GA BN 28TH GA BN / HANLEITER’S BN MANIGAULT’S BN / 2ND SC HEAVY ARTY BN / GIST GUARD ARTY / 6TH NC BN ARMORY GUARDS / RHETT’S BRIGADE / 1ST SC INF (REG) / 1ST SC HEAVY ARTY BN / LUCAS’S SC BN / ARTILLERY BATALLION / LEGARDEUR’S BTRY / STUART’S BTRY /

    Rear: DEDICATED TO THE / CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS / OF TALIAFERRO’S DIVISION / WHO FOUGHT AND DIED / DURING / THE BATTLE OF AVERASBORO / MARCH 15-16, 1865

  • Custodian

    Averasboro Battlefield Commission

  • Dedication Date

    March 17, 2001

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.251900 , -78.680500 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Averasboro - Civil War Battlefield, Museum, Gift Shop, and Special Events," Averasboro.com, (accessed February 4, 2011) Link

      "Averasboro Civil War Battlefield and Museum, Dunn, Harnett County," Photo 00602010, NC ECHO Photo Database, (accessed January 19, 2014) Link

      "Taliaferro's Division," The Historical Marker Database, (accessed February 18, 2011) Link

      Barksdale, Andrew. “Battle Of Averasboro Soldiers Honored,” Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, NC), March 18, 2001

      Leclercq, Matt. “Averasboro plans salute,” Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, NC), March 17, 2001

      North Carolina History Project. "Prelude to the Battle of Averasboro," (accessed January 19, 2014) Link

      Waymarking.com. "Taliaferro's Division Monument, Averasboro Battlefield, North Carolina," (accessed January 19, 2014) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Averasboro Battlefield Commission

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Two markers, one to Confederate troops and one to Union troops, were dedicated before a crowd estimated at 300 people. Re-enactors in uniforms of Confederate gray and Union blue were present. One of those, Mike Peete, portrayed a soldier in the 150th New York Volunteer Infantry regiment that had fought in the battle. He had driven from New York for the ceremony. Walt Smith, secretary and treasurer of the battlefield commission noted that it was important to recognize sacrifices of both Confederate and Union soldiers who had fought “in this tragic, but heroic, battle.” Robert Bryan, president of the battlefield commission said representing both sides in Civil War memorials is common today.

  • Subject Notes

    This division manned the first line of defense for the Confederates during the Battle of Averasboro

  • Location

    The marker is located near Dunn, in Cumberland County. It sits on Burnett Road (North Carolina Route 82), just south of the Harnett County line.

  • Landscape

    The monument is located at the site of the first line of the Confederate defense and is within walking distance of a number of other markers.

  • Death Space

    Yes

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