Tag Archives: Washington (N.C)

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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28 April 1863: “Warm and rainy. Our guard is the same, however, rain or no rain.”

Item description: Brief entry, dated 28 April 1863, from Leaves from a Diary Written While Serving in Co. E, 44 Mass., Dep’t of No. Carolina, an account, written by John Jasper Wyeth of Co. E, of the experiences of the 44th Massachusetts … Continue reading

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15 April 1863: “We would be out of ammunition in a few hours’ fire and have to remain under the fire of the rebel batteries and not [be able to] get up to New Berne or to return again.”

Item description: “Report of Lieutenant-Commander McCann, U. S. Navy, giving the views of Major-General Foster, U. S. Army, regarding boats in the Pamlico.” The report discusses naval actions near Washington, North Carolina, and includes the opinions of Major General John … Continue reading

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14 April 1863: “The Comdg Gen. leaves temporarily and for the purpose of putting himself at the head of a relieving force, and having raised the siege expects soon to return.”

Item Description: Copy of Union General John Gray Foster’s 14 April 1863 Order commending the troops, enclosed in a 17 April 1863 letter written to William L. Whitney of Cambridge, Massachusetts from his son in the Union army stationed at Washington, N.C. … 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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24 March 1863: “To-day the lines have been open, and the women of the suburbs have been thronging into town to buy a little sugar, coffee, snuff, &c., especially snuff.”

Item description: Published letter, dated 24 March 1863, written by Corporal Zenas T. Haines, Company D, 44th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. The letter is an excerpt from Haines’ account, Letters from the Forty-Fourth Regiment M.V.M.: A Record of the Experience of a Nine … Continue reading

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17 March 1863: “I have a frail good for nothing body, but I have more heart for the work than some of these big fellows…”

Item description: Letter, 17 March 1863, from D.H. Hill to James Longstreet, Goldsboro, N.C., requesting Ransom’s brigade or another be ordered to Goldsboro to help fortify Kinston, N.C., while other brigades moved on Greenville, N.C. Item citation: From the D. … Continue reading

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8 February 1863: “My chief hope & aim in coming here was to protect loyal men, and to encourage the people to return to their allegiance to the Union.”

Item description: Letter, 8 February 1863, to U. H. Wheeler of Washington, N.C., from Edward Stanly in New Bern, N.C. Stanly was a native of New Bern who had practiced law in Washington, N.C.; had been a Whig member of … 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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