According to Chris Fonvielle of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Jumpin’ Run Creek was a tributary to Greenfield Lake and crossed what is now 16th and 17th Streets during this time period.
Similarly, Jumpin Run Road is now located within this same area. (See map.)
This battle was actually fought three miles south of Wilmington, near the present-day Cameron Art Museum.
“I would say that it was fought at that site for two reasons: the strategic location, as engineers used the adjacent Carolina bays as natural defenses against the rapidly advancing Union troops, and to prevent the enemy from shelling Wilmington with artillery, which they might have done if the lines had been closer to the city.
“Union troops on the Brunswick River did shell downtown Wilmington on February 21, 1865.”
Date posted: June 21, 2012
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