Historical Markers: Archdale

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This State of North Carolina historical marker is found on the north side of NC311 at its busy intersection with NC62 in Archdale.    The marker is lost in a sea of signage in the parking lot of a branch bank of RBC Centura.  It reads:

“MUSTERING OUT OF CONFEDERATE ARMY
General Johnston’s men paid off and mustered out near here, May 1-2, 1865, after surrender near Durham April 26.”

General Robert E. Lee had surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appommatox Courthouse on April 9th, 1865, and on April 26th General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered his remaining troops to Major General W. T. Sherman near Durham, North Carolina (now Bennett Place State Historic Site).   At the close of hostilities Johnston’s army was strung out all across northern Randolph and southern Alamance counties.

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