Tag Archives: Neuse River

5 May 1864: “…with our Gun Boat in the mouth of the Neuse, Newbern will be bound to ‘go rebel.'”

Item description: Letter, dated 5 May 1864, from Leonidas Lafayette Polk to his wife, Sallie.  Polk discusses engagements around New Bern, North Carolina, including the evacuation Union forces from Washington, N.C. He also discusses mail delivery and supplies in camp. … Continue reading

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22 April 1863: “The whole district is against us & no certain information can be gained any where.”

Item Description: Letter, 22 April 1863, from John McRae to Peter Mallett about McRae’s efforts to round up deserters in Wake County, N.C.John McRae (1793-1880) served as postmaster at Fayetteville, N.C., with his father, Duncan, 1801-1853. He then went into private business … Continue reading

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6 April 1863: “I do not think it would be agreeable to military etiquette to call on a Col’s. wife and therefore, though I much desire her acquaintance, I think I must defer the pleasure until freed from my uniform.”

Item Description: Letter, 6 April 1863, from a Union solder named Carl, written in camp, New Bern, N.C., discussing the Confederate blockade of the river and the Union occupation of the town. The letter also mentions the free time the soldier had … Continue reading

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29 March 1863: Sketch….showing…..Siege of Washington, NC, March 29 to April 16, 1863

Item: “Sketch showing the position of the attacking and defending forces at the siege of Washington, N.C., March 29 to April 16, 1863″ From: U.S. Congress. Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War. Supplemental report of the Joint Committee on … Continue reading

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12 March 1863: “The Yankees have erected a small earthwork immediately opposite New Berne at a place called Barrington’s Ferry.”

Item description: Entry, dated 12 March 1863, from the diary of Henry King Burgwyn, Jr. More about Henry King Burgwyn, Jr.: Henry King “Harry” Burgwyn, Jr. (1841-1863), known as “The Boy Colonel,” was the oldest son of Henry King Burgwyn … Continue reading

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19 February 1863: “…you can, cooperating with General Foster’s land force, destroy the rebel ironclads building on the rivers…”

Item description: “Order of Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, U. S. Navy, to Commander Murray, U. S. Navy, to cooperate with land force for the destruction of Confederate ironclads under construction.” To read more from the Official Records of the Union and … Continue reading

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21 July 1862: “MAP of Marches Made July 21′, 1862 and July 4th 1863″

Item description: Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Infantry, drew this map of the marches he made while in North Carolina with the Union Army. Item citation: Diary commencing Oct. 14, 1861 – ending Sept. 20th, 1863 / Newton Wallace, … Continue reading

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13 March 1862: Sketch showing the route to Newbern, pursued by the Burnside Expedition, March 13, & 14, 1862

Item description: This map is included with Major General J. G. Foster’s report to the Joint Committee on The Conduct of the War, a Congressional oversight committee set up in 1861. Although Foster’s report was published in 1866, the map … Continue reading

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