Civil War in NE North Carolina

Burnside's Expedition and beyond



Who are they?

The Museum of the Albemarle is trying to identify the two Confederate soldiers in the photos below. If you recognize them, contact me at .

The one below has been identified as Corp. Stephen N. Woodard, Co. A, 1st NC.

Dear Mr. Long,
The unidentified soldier on your blog site (2nd down) is Corporal Stephen M. Woodard, Company A (the "Albemarle Guards"), 1st Regiment N.C. State Troops. The coat he is wearing is the M1861 state-issued sack coat issued to many of the early war regiments.
Woodard was from Chowan and enlisted 5/18/61. Promoted to corporal in 1863 and captured at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, 5/12/64. Confined first at Point Lookout and then Elmira until he was released from the latter place on 6/12/65.
I am trying to find the owner of the Woodard image to gain permission to use it in volume 2 of my book, State Troops and Volunteers, published by the N.C. Office of Archives and History. If you can help me with that, I would be most obliged.
Greg Mast


Help comes from strange places

Chris M. Perry from Hobbsville has been very helpful with grave photos and information. I got an unexpected assist  from my sister, of all people! (She has no interest in the Civil War but is very interested in geneology.)

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Blog Posts

Maple Leaf escapees' routes - Part 2 (revised)

Posted by Bruce Long on March 24, 2015 at 6:00pm 1 Comment

When the Maple Leaf captors went ashore off False Cape, VA, their first thought after electing leaders was to determine where they were. Spying a light on a low island nearby, two waded through the shallow water towards the light. It was a house located on Long Island. It wasn't just any house; it was the house of Major Edgar Burroughs on Long Island. Burroughs had been resigned his commission in the Confederate army due to illness and returned to his home on Long Island in Princess Anne,…


The Maple Leaf escapees' routes to Richmond - Part 1

Posted by Bruce Long on March 22, 2015 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

The officers left the Maple Leaf around False Cape in Virginia Beach. They passed a house and the woman living there, whose husband was an absent Confederate soldier, told them how to escape. This was Major Edgar Burroughs’ house on Long Island. On the way south down the beach, they ran into the McHorney brothers of Coinjock at Deal Island. (The McHorney’s were probably there to smuggle salt.) Benjamin F. McHorney had served on the CSS Raleigh in 1861 and 1862.

Benjamin McHorney…


Local stories from 1862-1863 period

Posted by Bruce Long on March 11, 2015 at 9:32pm 0 Comments

I'm looking for local stories of the war in the Albemarle region. Partisan Ranger, Home Guard, buffalo - all are of interest. I've read the stories in Pugh's "300 Years Along the Pasquotank", so I don't need to hear them repeated, but different versions and ones I haven't read are of great interest. The Albemarle was a hot-bed of action in 1863.

Civil War LIving History Day Feb. 14th at the Museum of the Albemarle

Posted by Bruce Long on February 10, 2015 at 12:30am 0 Comments

School Day: Civil War Living History (Grades K-8)

Friday, February 13

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Program is free - preregistration is required.…


History for Lunch, MOA, 4 Feb.2015, 12:15-1:00

Posted by Bruce Long on January 28, 2015 at 5:46pm 0 Comments

History for Lunch

“I Give Them ‘til Christmas: The Hard Luck Career of the CSS Neuse”

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 12:15–1 p.m.


Join us for an exciting History for Lunch at the Museum of the Albemarle on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 when Andrew Duppstadt presents “I Give Them ‘til Christmas: The Hard Luck Career of the CSS Neuse.”…


Elizabeth City Civil War Tour

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Col. James A. J. Bradford, 1st NC Artillery (10th NC Regiment)

Started by Jim Gaddis in General Discussion. Last reply by Bruce Long yesterday. 1 Reply

Does anyone know where I could find a photo of Col. James A. J. Bradford? I cannot locate one online. He was commander of the NC Arsenal at Fayetteville, served on the Military Board under Warren Winslow, was captured at Hatteras on Aug 29, 1861,…Continue

Jonesboro Guards - Captain W.A. Duke's Independent Company

Started by Bruce Long in Burnside's Expedition. Last reply by Bruce Long Jan 27. 2 Replies

Here's where all the Jonesboro Guards ended up after the battle at Hatteras Inlet. Seven men were sick the day of the battle and were left in camp. These were captured when Fort Hatteras was surrendered. Anderson, John T. Private Transferred to…Continue

Battle of New Bern

Started by Bruce Long in Burnside's Expedition. Last reply by Steve Shaffer Oct 21, 2014. 6 Replies

Place information or questions about the battle of New Bern here.

Lenoir Braves (Part 2)

Started by Bruce Long in General Discussion. Last reply by Arthur Larsen Feb 10, 2014. 1 Reply

Here's the rest of the Lenoir Braves that enlisted prior to the battle at Hatteras Inlet: John W. Bunn /Private /25 July 1861Richard Bunn /Private /25 July 1861Everett W. Hill /Private /25 July 1861Logan Metts /Private /25 July 1861 /POW – wounded…Continue

Battle of South Mills

Started by Bruce Long in Burnside's Expedition. Last reply by Bruce Long Jan 16, 2012. 6 Replies

Place information or questions about the battle of South Mills here.

Questioning history

Started by Chris Meekins in General Discussion. Last reply by Dr. Sam F. Leary Sep 1, 2011. 9 Replies

The Civil War in North Carolina is a well-documented and often written about period of the state's history.  In the past few years the historiography of the Civil War in North Carolina has undergone revision.  Books and articles detail both new and…Continue


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