|Battle of Averasborough, North Carolina|
Union General William Tecumseh Sherman was moving his army north towards Goldsboro in two columns. The right column (Army of the Tennesse) was under the command of Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard and the left column (Army of Georgia) was under Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum.
Willie Hardee, the 16-year old son of General William Hardee, was on General Hardee’s staff at the Battle of Averasboro. Willie Hardee was severely wounded, resulting in his death, at the Battle of Bentonville. Willie was Hardee's only son.
The Confederates had not held up the Union Army as long as they had hoped. Each side suffered just under 700 casualties; however, these were losses the Federals could afford while the Confederates could not.