42957Aversaboro on Civil War Talk Radio
- Jan 29, 2007One of the more interesting of the last few programs.
Seems our recently discussed Kilpatrick and Wheeler were there.
Might have been a case where the talents of Hardee and Wheeler were
able to be put to good use... a lucky coincidence maybe that those
talents were exactly what were called for in each case? Kilpatrick's
talents are shown to be lacking, overmatched this time by Wheeler?
Using question marks as I am not all that up on the battle.
from the blurb for the radio program:
"The battle of Bentonville is the best known engagement, but it was
preceded by a brilliant rear-guard action fought by General William
Hardee at Aversaboro."
from park service battle summaries:
"On the afternoon of March 15, Judson Kilpatrick's cavalry came up
against Lt. Gen. William Hardee's corpsconsisting of Taliaferro's and
McLaw's infantry divisions and Wheeler's dismounted cavalrydeployed
across the Raleigh Road near Smithville. After feeling out the
Confederate defenses, Kilpatrick withdrew and called for infantry
support. During the night, four divisions of the XX Corps arrived to
confront the Confederates. At dawn, March 16, the Federals advanced on
a division front, driving back skirmishers, but they were stopped by
the main Confederate line and a counterattack. Mid-morning, the
Federals renewed their advance with strong reinforcements and drove
the Confederates from two lines of works, but were repulsed at a third
line. Late afternoon, the Union XIV Corps began to arrive on the field
but was unable to deploy before dark due to the swampy ground. Hardee
retreated during the night after holding up the Union advance for
nearly two days.
Result(s): Inconclusive "
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