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7 September 1863: “Since commencing this letter I have learned that our troops succeeded in evacuating the forts last night.”

Item description: Letter, 7 September 1863, from Ed Mallett to his brother Peter Mallett about fighting taking place in Charleston Harbor, the early stages of the Second Battle of Fort Sumter. Item citation: From the Peter Mallett Papers, #480, Southern … Continue reading

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12 August 1862: “They would be of great-service here enabling me to assist vessels running the blockade and drive off the blockaders.”

Item description: Letter, 12 August 1862, from Col. George A. Cunningham, Commandant of Fort Caswell (N.C.), to Col. Collett Leventhorpe, colonel of the 11th North Carolina (and in charge of the defenses for the District of Wilmington). Item citation: From … Continue reading

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17 May 1862: Two illustrations of Fort Macon

Item description: Two illustrations, as published in the 17 May 1862 issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper: 1. Carteret County, Fort Macon, N.C. “The war in North Carolina–Surrender of Fort Macon–exterior on side facing national batteries, showing effect of shot … Continue reading

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20 February 1862: “…we can easily tell when a shell comes from a rifled gun as it comes whistling all sort of tunes…”

Item description: Letter from Henry L. Sturges, a Massachusetts soldier serving on the United States Navy steamer “Mount Vernon,” to an unidentified friend. At the time of the letter, the “Mount Vernon” was operating in the waters near Wilmington, N.C. … Continue reading

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8 February 1862: Map of the Battlefield of Roanoke Island

Item description: Detailed map of Roanoke Island battlefield in North Carolina, showing the placement of Confederate and Union troops, with a map of Roanoke Island and vicinity showing the location of forts, gun boats, and transport ships. Item citation: “Map … Continue reading

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22 December 1861: “A camp is visible about halfway from the mouth of the river to Yorktown, the drums of which we can distinctly hear morning and evening.”

Item description: Report of Acting Master Studley, U. S. Navy, commanding U. S. S. Young Rover, regarding batteries on the York and Poquosin rivers, and the crossing by small boats of the York River. To read more from the Official … Continue reading

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27 August 1861: “Bombardment & capture of the forts at Hatteras Inlet, N.C.”

Item description: Dare County, Hatteras Island, N.C. “Bombardment & capture of the forts at Hatteras Inlet, N.C. by the U.S. Fleet under Commodore Stringham and the Forces under Gen. Butler, Aug. 27, 1861.” Lithograph by Currier and Ives. Click here … Continue reading

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27 June 1861: An Ordinance to Cede to the Confederate States, the Property in and Jurisdiction over the Forts, Light Houses, Beacons, Marine Hospitals and Mint in North Carolina

Item description: An ordinance by the North Carolina Secession Convention ceding parcels of land formerly held by the United States government to the new government of the Confederate States of America. Item Transciption: [No. 29.] AN ORDINANCE TO CEDE TO … Continue reading

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