Battle of Averasboro, Part III (Day Two)

Written By Averasboro Battlefield Commission

You may wish to read Part I and Part II.

At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of March 16, 1865, the Yankees attacked. Heavy fighting occurred during the day, with many attacks and counterattacks taking place. Superior numbers allowed the Yankees to eventually force their way through the enemy line forcing the Confederates to withdraw to their third line of defense. There, Confederate General William Taliaferro aligned his forces astride the Raleigh-Fayetteville Road to make a last stand.

The final Union attack occurred around 3:00 p.m. when a sharp attack was launched against the Confederate right. Confederate cavalry commanded by General Joseph Wheeler quickly stopped the attack by pouring a devastating fire into the Yankee advance. Union troops continuously attacked throughout the afternoon but were in each instance repulsed by the stubborn Confederates.Their mission accomplished, the Confederates began to withdraw during the night of the 16th. Continuous skirmishing occurred during the morning of the 17th until all troops had withdrawn.

Casualties for the fighting at Averasboro were high for both armies. The Yankees reported 477 casualties, while the Confederates lost approximately 500.