Stop 16M: Battle of Averasboro, Phase One, March 15-16, 1865 Historical Marker
NC 82 north of Godwin (Ross West Road at William Smith House), N 34°59.808, W 78°49.684
Godwin, NC 28344
On March 15th the left wing of General Sherman's Union army, commanded by General H. W. Slocum, was advancing along this road from Fayetteville to Averasboro. General H. J. Kilpatrick's cavalry division was in the lead, skirmishing with General Joseph Wheeler's Confederate cavalry which contested the Union advance. At 3:00 p.m. the Union forces struck a heavy Confederate skirmish line. General Smith Atkins' 9th Michigan cavalry drove the skirmishers back into the first of three lines of breastworks erected across the road. The Union cavalry then constructed heavy barricades in front of the Confederate works. The Battle continued into the night and through the next day.