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27 July 1862: “Started this morning & marched about 4 miles then had to wait till 4 PM for a Bridge to be built…”

Item description: Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Infantry, comments on his company’s movements while in eastern North Carolina, near New Bern. The march was a part of the Union Army’s expedition from New Bern to Trenton and Pollocksville. See … Continue reading

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26 July 1862: “…started this morning & marched about 5 miles when the advance surprised a Picket Headquarters & drove them off..”

Item description: Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Infantry, comments on his company’s movements while in eastern North Carolina, near New Bern. The march was a part of the Union Army’s expedition from New Bern to Trenton and Pollocksville. See … Continue reading

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25 July 1862: “…had orders to be ready to march this afternoon with 3 days rations…”

Item description: Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Infantry, comments on his company’s movements while in eastern North Carolina, near New Bern. The march was a part of the Union Army’s expedition from New Bern to Trenton and Pollocksville. See … 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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4 July 1862: “…Battalion line was Formed & Declaration of Independence Read…”

Item description: Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Infantry, wrote this description of how he spent July 4th, 1862, in his diary. Wallace and his regiment were in occupied North Carolina, camped in tents “on the Old Fair Ground” in … Continue reading

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2 May 1862: “I have some bad news to send, one of my Co. has been shot & 3 taken prisoners.”

Item description: Letter, 2 May 1862, from William B. Alexander, captain in Company E of the 23rd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, to his wife, Mary F. Alexander. He writes from New Bern, N.C., newly occupied by the Union Army. Alexander relates … Continue reading

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19 April 1862: Illustrations of the Civil War in Eastern North Carolina

Item description: Illustrations from Harper’s Weekly, 19 April 1862, p. 252. [Bottom Right] Craven County, New Bern, N.C. “Removal of the wounded to Newbern hospital.” 1862. Harper’s Weekly, April 19, 1862, p. 252. Neg. 80-400. NCC vault FFCC970.73 B96. [Top … Continue reading

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10 April 1862: Drawing, “Passing Bridge on Trent River”

Item description: Pencil drawing, dated 10 April 1862, by Herbert Eugene Valentine of Salem, Mass.  Valentine served as a clerk in the U.S. 23rd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, spending time in New Bern, N.C. Valentine made numerous drawings of the places … Continue reading

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4 April 1862: “they told hir that may be the yankys would not pay hir she said she did not care if they did not she would wash for them gest as soon as the rhumaties was out of hir arm pay or no pay…”

Item description: Letter written from New Bern, N.C., by Union soldier Jeremiah Stetson to his wife, Abbie F. Stetson. Stetson references his son Edwin Leforrest Stetson (“E”), who was serving with his father, and describes a “negro woman” who did washing for … 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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