North Carolina Monument on South Mountain

The North Carolina monument on South Mountain is about 1000 feet south of the Garland and Reno monuments off Reno Monument Road. See map

 

From the front of the monument:

 

North Carolina

In memory of the North Carolinians who fought at or near here September 14, 1862. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 23rd, 30th Infantry and Manly's and Reilly's Battery, 1st NC Artillery.

 

General D. H. Hill was in command of the Confederates with elements of Longstreet's Corps arriving in the afternoon. The fighting here at Fox's Gap saw one of the few instances of actual hand-to-hand combat of the war. The 13th NC was totally surrounded after the mortal wounding of Brig. Gen. Samuel Garland just a few yards from here. Two days after the battle, 58 Confederate dead were dumped down the well of Daniel Wise located NW. In 1874, they were reinterred in Hagerstown, MD.

 

Deo Vindice

 

From the rear:

 

Driven back from the front, the enemy falling back through Wise's garden, were met by our line coming up from the rear in the flank, and a terrific fight ensued. The color bearer of a Confederate regiment jumped up on the rear wall of the garden, and defiantly waving his flag, refused the many calls to surrender which he received, was shot and fell inside the garden wall. Private Hoagland of my company jumped over the fence and secured the flag. Lt. Col. Coleman of the 11th, who was present, and who had called upon the man to surrender, ordered Hoagland to deliver the flag to him, and afterwards claimed credit of its capture.

 

-R. B. Wilson, 12th Ohio

Letter to Gen. E. A. Carmen, Antietam Board, July 22, 1899

 

Dedicated October 18, 2003

The living History Association of Meckenburg, Inc. (NC) and the Central Maryland Heritage League.