Portrait of William J. Hardee

On March 16, 1865, William J. Hardee’s Confederate soldiers temporarily delayed the left-wing of William T. Sherman’s forces, as it marched through the Carolinas. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Averasboro Facts

March 16, 1865

Key facts about the Battle of Averasboro (also known as the Battle of Averasborough).

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Date

  • March 16, 1865

Location

  • Near the present city of Dunn, in Harnett and Cumberland Counties, North Carolina

Campaign

Principal Union commander:

Principal Confederate Commander

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of Georgia

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Hardee’s Corps

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 26,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 5,400

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 682 (killed, wounded, and missing/captured)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 500 (killed, wounded, and missing/captured)

Result

  • Inconclusive, however, William J. Hardee accomplished his task by hindering Henry W. Slocum’s advance by nearly two days, thus buying Joseph E. Johnston time to concentrate Confederate troops for the Battle of Bentonville.

Significance

  • The Battle of Averasboro was the first major Confederate attempt to stop William T. Sherman’s march through the Carolinas.

Timeline of the Carolinas Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Carolinas Campaign in order.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Averasboro Facts
  • Coverage March 16, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Averasboro
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 30, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 24, 2021
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