Company B, 10th Regiment, NC Heavy Artillery, Erwin
The marker to Company B, 10 Regiment of the NC Heavy Artillery, known as the “Black River
Tigers,” stands just over six feet tall consisting of a granite block 30 inches wide and 9 inches
thick on a granite base with a concrete pad for the foundation. The monuments front face, in
addition to the inscription, has incised a piece of heavy artillery at the top and two soldiers at
the bottom. One soldier is at parade rest and the other appears to be charging. The list of
names on back of the marker is the original Black River Tigers roster. A marker to the history of
Old Averasborough and a memorial to the Six Sons of Thomas and Mary Avera form a triangle on
the concrete pad. Four flagpoles surround this grouping. One flies the American flag, one the
Confederate national flag, one the Confederate battle flag and one a Revolutionary War era
Images: Back inscription | Grouping of three monuments | Monuments and flagpoles
Front, center of marker: COMPANY B. / 10TH BATTALION / NORTH CAROLINA HEAVY ARTILLERY /
DEFENDERS OF AVERASBORO / MARCH 15 AND 16, 1865 / “THE BLACK RIVER TIGERS”
Front, bottom of marker: ERECTED AND DEDICATED MAY 19, 2012 / ON THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR MUSTER / BY SVC CAMP 2152, TIM CARROL COMMANDER
Rear: [List of 188 names in three columns]
May 19, 2012
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North Carolina History Project. "Averasboro (Town of)," (accessed June 25, 2014) Link
Phone interview with Bryan Avery by Russell Long on August 27, 2015
Sons of Confederate Veterans-Black River Tigers Camp 2152
The dedication ceremony took place at 3 PM with Confederate soldier reenactors present.
The site is a permanent private easement to Bryan Avery but within a few feet of the public right of way. The public may access the site. The easement for the site was provided by Wade Hampton West.
The monument stands on the northwest corner of a four way intersection, Salt Market Street and Norris Road run east-west, and Chicora Road runs north-south. The monument forms a triangle, along with Olde Averasborough Monument and a marker to the Six Sons of Thomas and Mary Avera.
The monument stands on the grass in rural area outside the town of Erwin.