The Battle of Averasboro, Part II (Day One)

Written By Averasboro Battlefield Commission

This is the second article about the battle. See Part I and Part III.

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.