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The Civil War in NE North Carolina

June 2012 Blog Posts (2)

Why was the CSS Appomattox sent to Edenton on 7 Feb 1862?

The Appomattox was sent to Edenton the morning of 7 February 1862, just as the Union invasion of Roanoke Island was beginning. Why did they send away one of their 8 gunboats just as the battle was beginning?

I may be close to finding the answer. The 2nd Battalion NC Volunteers, originally part of Wise's Legion, had been sent to Wilmington in December of 1861, where they remained until ordered to Roanoke Island on 1 February 1862. They landed on Roanoke Island during the morning of 8…


Added by Bruce Long on June 22, 2012 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

You never know what you will find when you go digging through the records.

I was sleepily slogging my way through the Confederate Navy Subject Files the other night as I normally do (usually 500-1000 pages per night) when I happened on an invoice for the Schooner M.C. Sumner, Captain James Cartwright. She was detained with work around the Pork Point battery (Fort Bartow), bringing up stores from Fort Oregon following its abandonment.

She was also used for the conveyance of troops to Chicamacomico in early October of 1861. These troops were part of the…


Added by Bruce Long on June 10, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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