Lieutenant General William J. Hardee successfully led Confederate troops at the Battle of Averasboro. Image courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC.
The Battle of Averasboro began on March 15, 1865. Soldiers under the command of Colonel Alfred Rhett of South Carolina occupied the Confederate first line of defense and attacked the Ninth Michigan. The Yankees drove the Confederates back into their breastworks but quickly withdrew when shelled by Confederate artillery. The Ninth Michigan constructed barricades in front of the Confederate position. Heavy fighting occurred there during the day. At nightfall, the two armies were in nearly the same positions they held throughout the afternoon.