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Col John Jackson Hedrick Sr.

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Col John Jackson Hedrick Sr.

Birth
Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Death 24 Jun 1894 (aged 69)
Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Section F, Lot 65, Grave 5
Memorial ID 7121110 View Source
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Appointed Major of Engineers
& in the early days of the war.
He was placed in charge of the
erection of Batteries at Confed-
erate Point and in the vicinity,
one small Fort on Bald Head being
named Ft Hedrick in his honor.
When the Third Artillery was org-
anized in Dec, 1863 Major Hedrick
was appointed Colonel.
The Regiment took part in
defense of Ft. Fisher in Dec, 64
& Jan 65. On Jan 17 it was ordered
to Ft Anderson. At Ft. Anderson,
Col Hedrick took command. The
Federals attacked the Fort on
January 17 with a heavy force.
In this fight, under Col Hedricks
leadership, great bravery and
heroism were shown: but, finding
the command in danger of being
cut off by a heavy column of
Federal Infantry in the rear,
Colonel Hedrick determined to
evacuate the Fort.

Later, while on the way to meet
the enemy advancing from New Bern,
there was a battle at Jackson's
Mill with great bloodshed and
Colonel Hedrick was severely
wounded while leading his men on
a charge upon the enemy.
He survived and was involved in a
successful Dry Goods business in
Wilmington(Hedrick & Ryan).
(Sprunt-Chronicles)


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