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The Civil War in NE North Carolina

January 2013 Blog Posts (3)

I came across a couple of new items this weekend

Following the capture of the Fanny on the 1st of October and the Chicamacomico Races on the 4th, Lynch left Roanoke Island on Sunday, 13 October 1861 enroute to Hatteras Inlet. Firing from the direction of Hatteras was heard at daybreak Monday at Roanoke Island, lasting until around 8 a.m. . The commander of the USS Stars and Stripes reported firing at the "Coffee" (NCS Winslow) in the sound on October 15th while the Stars and Stripes was in the ocean off Cape Hatteras. The Winslow,…


Added by Bruce Long on January 27, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Where did all the crews of the prizes go?

The crewmen of the brig Lydia Frances were taken prisoner by the Winslow on 12 May 1861 after being aground for six days. They were taken to Fort Hatteras, which was under construction, where they were detained until July 19th. They were then taken via New Bern to Raleigh, where they received passports and were returned to New Bern.

Upon his release, Master Daniel A. Campbell of the Transit joined Master Henry W. Penny of the Linwood, two other masters, four mates, and two boys in an…


Added by Bruce Long on January 13, 2013 at 1:30am — No Comments

Victims of their own success

Governor Ellis began purchasing ships to protect the sounds of North Carolina even before North Carolina seceded from the Union on 20 May 1861. I haven't been able to trace down the date of the first purchase, the Joseph E. Coffee out of Norfolk, but it had to occur between May 1st and 12th of 1861.

The Coffee was stopped while on her regular run to the Eastern Shore by the USS Cumberland on May 1st. The blockade had begun. On May 6th, the brig Lydia Frances ran aground near Hatteras…


Added by Bruce Long on January 1, 2013 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

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