Tranter's Creek, NC

Date(s): June 5, 1862

Campaign: Burnsideís North Carolina Expedition [January-July 1862]

Battles in Campaign:



  • Union: Lt. Col. F. A. Osborne

  • Confederate: Col. George Singletary

Principal Forces: Regiments

  • Union:

  • Confederate:


  • On June 5, Col. Robert Potter, garrison commander at Washington, North Carolina, ordered a reconnaissance in the direction of Pactolus.

  • The 24th Massachusetts under Lt. Col. F. A. Osborne, advanced to the bridge over Tranterís Creek, where it encountered the 44th North Carolina, under Col. George Singletary.

  • Unable to force a crossing, Osborne brought his artillery to bear on the mill buildings in which the Confederates were barricaded.

  • Colonel Singletary was killed in the bombardment, and his troops retreated.

  • The Federals did not pursue and returned to their fortifications at Washington.

Slide Presentation: Burnside's North Carolina Expedition

Classification1: D

Casualties2: 40 total

  • Union:

  • Confederate:

Results: Union Victory Miniature Union Victory

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1 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

2 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 12/08/2016