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Monroe's Cross Roads

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Battle Name: Monroe’s Cross Roads
Other Names: Fayetteville Road, Blue’s Farm
State: North Carolina
Location: Hoke County
Campaign: Campaign of the Carolinas (February-April 1865)
Dates: March 10, 1865
Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick [US]; Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler and Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton [CS]
Forces Engaged: Kilpatrick’s Cavalry Division (1,850) [US]; Wheeler’s and Hampton’s Cavalry Division (3,000) [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 269 total (US 183; CS 86)
Description: As Sherman’s army advanced into North Carolina, Kilpatrick’s Cavalry Division screened its left flank. On the evening of March 9, two of Kilpatrick’s brigades encamped near the Charles Monroe House in Cumberland (now Hoke) County. Early on the 10th, Confederate cavalry under the command of Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton surprised the Federals in their camps, driving them back in confusion and capturing wagons and artillery. The Federals regrouped and counterattacked, regaining their artillery and camps after a desperate fight. With Union reinforcements on the way, the Confederates withdrew.
Results: Inconclusive

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