From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wheeler's Cavalry Division Hampton's Cavalry Division. Battle of Fayetteville Road, and colloquially in the North as. Was a battle during the., on the grounds of the present day. Involving about 4,500 men, it pitted mounted. It was one of the last all-cavalry battles of the Civil War. The inconclusive fighting lasted for several hours early on the morning of March 10, 1865.
The Confederate attack delayed the Federal cavalry's movement toward. The honor of entering the town first.
Map of Monroe's Crossroads Battlefield core and study areas by the. The main Confederate assault was at dawn and against a poorly guarded and sleeping Union camp.In command of the Confederate forces were. Who were operating together for the first time. One of the goals (not fulfilled) was the capture of Kilpatrick himself, using a small elite squadron of hand-picked troopers.
Kilpatrick, ensconced with his mistress in a small log cabin near the farmhouse of Charles Monroe, managed to flee the chaotic scene in his nightshirt, hiding for a period in a nearby swamp before regaining his composure and reorganizing his troops. While initially routed, the Federal cavalry soon recovered and counterattacked, eventually pressuring the Confederates to withdraw from the camp. Anticipating the approach of Union infantry, the Confederate commanders ordered their troops to disengage from the action in the mid-morning.Hampton's cavalry finally withdrew in good order toward Fayetteville. Were wounded during the battle. And Colonel and brigade commander. Were injured when their horses were shot from under them. The Battle of Monroe's Crossroads gained the additional time needed for the Confederate infantry to conduct an organized crossing of the. At Fayetteville unmolested by the advancing Federals. With their troops and equipment east of the Cape Fear, the Confederates burned the bridges as Union forces entered the city.
The graves of several unidentified Union soldiers can still be seen today in the training area of Ft. Bragg a few miles south of the Normandy Dropzone near the Coleman Impact Area. All visits must be approved by range control.
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