Tag Archives: Elizabeth City

30 January 1863: “much of the County on the opposite side of the sound from us, is now guarded and held by armed negroes…”

Item description: Letter, dated 30 January 1863, from D.G. Cowand to William S. Pettigrew. Item citation: From the Pettigrew Family Papers #592, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Hd. Qrs. 32nd Reg. N.C.T. Near Goldsboro … Continue reading

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27 December 1862: “It looks to me as if the persons named intended that they should be captured by the rebels.”

Item description: “Report of Commander Murray, U. S. Navy, regarding the reported capture of parties transporting goods from Norfolk [Virginia] to Elizabeth City [North Carolina].” To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the … Continue reading

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2 April 1862: “These boats may not be heavily plated, but if fitted as rams they would be very formidable against my slight little craft.”

Item description: Report of Commander Rowan, U. S. Navy, regarding the construction by the enemy of three ironclad gunboats. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, click here. … Continue reading

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14 February 1862: It seems that on Monday the enemy got possession of Elizabeth City. Henningsen was there & retreated – When last heard from he was at Newby’s Bridge & probably escaped to Suffolk or some point on the Rail Road to Norfolk.

Item description: Entry, 14 February 1862, from the diary of Thomas Bragg (Attorney General of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1863), written in Richmond, Va. Bragg comments on the capture of Elizabeth City, military affairs, diplomacy, and the burden felt … Continue reading

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