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The Civil War in NE North Carolina

July 2012 Blog Posts (3)

The Civil War expedition no one knows about

We've all heard about Butler's Hatteras Expedition, Burnside's Expedition, and Wild's Expedition. How many have heard of Hunter's Expedition?

Butler's expedition departed for Hatteras Inlet from Hampton Roads on Monday, August 26, 1861. They began their attack on the forts at Hatteras Inlet on the 28th. The Confederate forces surrendered around 11 a.m. on the 29th. Around 700 prisoners were taken to northern prisons.

Hunter's expedition to North Carolina was a reaction to…

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Added by Bruce Long on July 30, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Suddenly the pieces all fell together

An entry in the CSS Ellis' log for 4 August 1861 states that they found the CSS Weldon N. Edwards and the NCN steamer Beaufort at anchor at Ocracoke. Wait a minute! The Edwards was part of the NC Navy, not the CS Navy. The NC Convention ceded the state's military forces and installations to the Confederate government effective 20 August 1861. And, James W. Cooke, commanding the Edwards, was never a lieutenant in the NC navy. He initially joined the Virginia navy, then was commissioned in the…

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Added by Bruce Long on July 27, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

Finally, a good description of Fort Forrest!

I stumbled across a very good Fort Forrest desciption in the Official Records of the Navy. Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Behm, commanding the Southfield, described it in a report written on 11 Feb 1862:

"The fort was made by hauling two canal boats along the shore and then filling up with sod, or rather both mud and sod, interlined with and braced on the outside with timber. The whole battery had seven 32-pounders, all stolen from the United States. One of the canal…

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Added by Bruce Long on July 1, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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