Author Archives: Jason Tomberlin

24 January 1865: “…for the unsurpassed gallantry and skill exhibited by them in the attack upon Fort Fisher”

Item Description: Public resolution from the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, commending Brevet Major General Alfred H. Terry and his forces for their bravery in the Union victory at Fort Fisher, the last major Confederate port on … Continue reading

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27 December 1864: “Discipline, order, energy, and enthusiasm were their leading characteristics”

Item Description: Report by Colonel Jourdan, 158th New York Regiment, to Commander Dove, United States Navy, concerning the expedition to destroy the salt-works near Bear Inlet, North Carolina. Item Citation: Expedition to Bear Inlet, N.C. [New York : G. P. … Continue reading

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22 October 1864: Orders for Blockaders off the Eastern & Western Bars

Item Description: A broadside containing General Orders for the operation of blockaders off the Eastern and Western Bars in North Carolina. The orders explain how the blockade operated and communicated via light signals and whistles. They also outlined procedures for … Continue reading

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4 July 1864: “Your company with lady is requested at a celebration of the 4th of July, to be held in Fort Macon…”

Item Description: An invitation and order of exercises for the First Regiment North Carolina Union Volunteers’ Fourth of July celebration at Fort Macon, North Carolina. The pre-printed invitation is addressed to “Collector Hendricks…with lady.” The celebration included a “National Salute,” … Continue reading

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12 June 1864: “I am, with the assistance of an engineer officer, Lieutenant [W. R.] King, of the Army, placing torpedoes in the Roanoke River, to be exploded by friction matches.”

Item description: A report from acting Rear Admiral Samuel P. Lee concerning “the placing and trial of torpedoes for defense against the C. S. ram Albemarle.” Item transcription: Report of Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, U. S. Navy, transmitting a report regarding … Continue reading

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6 June 1864: “We regret to learn that on Thursday afternoon, or evening, Lt. J. L. Johnston, C.S.N., attached to this station, came to his death by drowning…”

Item description: A death notice for Lt. J. L. Johnston of the Confederate States Navy. Lt. Johnston drowned off the North Carolina coast, near Fort Caswell. Item Transcription: DEATH OF LT. J. L. JOHNSTON We regret to learn that on … Continue reading

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5 June 1864: “I have your private note stating that Colonel Jourdan proposes to attack Wilmington.”

Item description: A letter from acting Rear Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee to Commander A. G. Clary of the U.S.S. Dacotah transmitting a copy of a confidential letter (previously sent to Captain Benjamin F. Sands) concerning a proposed attack upon Fort … Continue reading

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2 June 1864: “ALL PASSES without exception, that have been given to persons to visit the Banks and fish in the Sounds, are hereby revoked.”

Item description: These are notices that appeared on 2 June 1864 in The Daily Journal of Wilmington, North Carolina. The first notice deals with the passenger lists of ships running the Union blockade, and the second with the revocation of … Continue reading

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29 May 1864: “One colored regiment at each place to hold against great odds these important positions, which the army is fortifying.”

Item description: Sent from Acting Rear-Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee to Gideon Welles, who was U. S. Secretary of Navy, this telegram discusses military movements in the Fort Powhatan and Wilson’s Wharf region of Virginia, especially that of African American Union … Continue reading

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18 May 1864: “Our Indian allies, under Stand Watie and others, who have never wavered in the darkest hours of our struggle, who have sacrificed their all to the great cause of Southern liberty, will ever be gratefully remembered…”

Item description: The Hillsborough Recorder of 18 May 1864 included this news item from the Richmond Enquirer of 5 May 1864. The excerpts are from letters describing a battle between General Stand Watie and the 1st Indian Brigade of the … Continue reading

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