Civil War in NE North Carolina

Burnside's Expedition and beyond



A repository of research on topics concerning northeastern NC leading up to and including Burnside's Expedition to North Carolina

NC Civil War sites

NC Civil War Blogs

Sawyer's Lane: Battle of South Mills

NC Squadron (my Navy blog)

7th NC Volunteers

Michael Hardy's blog page:
Andrew Duppstadt's blog page:
Navy Sesquicentennial blog page:
Jeff Felton's blog page:
Mariner's Museum Monitor blog:
Rantings of a CW Historian

Local Civil War web sites
Eliz. City Civil War Tour

Indiantown Skirmish

Battle of South Mills (updated April 2010)

Battle of Elizabeth City (updated April 2010)

North Carolina Squadron (updated December 2009)

Battle of Roanoke Island (Mike Tames' site)

Battle of Plymouth
Hatteras Prisoners

Camden County Troops

Fort Branch
Battle of Hatteras Inlet
Fort Ocracoke
Brownwater Navy (NEW)
Hatteras Sesquicentennial
Civil War Traveler tour guide


Blog Posts

Re-enactors at Plymouth April 22nd

Posted by Bruce Long on May 1, 2017 at 11:39am 0 Comments

Port -o Plymouth museum held its 27th Civil War Living History Day on April 21-23. Oldest re-enactment in NE North Carolina and last one standing/.…


Battle of South Mills anniversary

Posted by Bruce Long on April 17, 2017 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, will be the 155th anniversary of the Battle of South Mills, aka the Battle of Sawyer's Lane in the South and the Battle of Camden in the North. In honor of the anniversary, I began a new blog - Sawyer's Lane: the battle of South Mills blog that includes information not available on my webpage Battle of South Mills.. Has it been 155…


Rare Archer bolt found on South Mills battlefield

Posted by Bruce Long on March 17, 2017 at 1:45pm 0 Comments

Charles McDonald discovered a rare Confederate Archer bolt on the South Mills battlefield back on February 18th. Archer bolts were early Civil War ordinance. Production was discontinued in 1862. (The battle was fought on 19 April 1862.)

The bolt had to have been fired from the rifled 6-pounder cannon…


Work proceeds on new Camden County Museum

Posted by Bruce Long on March 17, 2017 at 1:24pm 0 Comments

Work progresses on the new Camden County Museum thanks to the efforts of Brian Forehand, Alex Leary, Anne Jennings, and others. Charles McDonald and I started setting up the Battle of South Mills display case on February 16th.…



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

Started by Jim Gaddis in General Discussion. Last reply by Jim Gaddis Apr 14, 2015. 5 Replies

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, 2015. 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

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

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

William F Martin Camp #1590 United Confederate Veterans

Started by Chris Meekins in General Discussion. Last reply by Bruce Long Jun 19, 2011. 6 Replies

Hello Fellow Civil War fans,In Robert Elliott's book about his Tarheel Confederate (published in the 1990s) he has several pages regarding the WF Martin Camp - pictures, copy of a condolence card, etc.He also includes several images from a notebook…Continue

Lenoir Braves at Hatteras (Part 1)

Started by Bruce Long in General Discussion Sep 12, 2010. 0 Replies

The following men enlisted in the Lenoir Braves prior to the battle at Hatteras Inlet: Name / Rank / Enlistment DateAlfred Baisden /Private 9 /June 1861 /POW – paroled for exchange 17 Dec 1861William F. Baker /Private /9 June 1861William R.…Continue

Elizabeth City Civil War Tour

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Books writtenby site members

Mike Zatarga's new book The Battle of Roanoke Island (top) is out from The History Press..The Museum of the Albemarle has copies in stock.

Jim Gaddis has a new book out as well. Richard Gatlin and the Confederate Defense of Eastern North Carolina is available at and as well as at a couple of bookstores in the Elizabeth City area:

Page After Page, Eliz. City, NC

Museum of the Albemarle

Robert Smith's book The History of Fort Ocracoke in Pamlico Sound from The History Press is currently available as well. The Museum of the Albemarle has copies in stock.

It looks like there are a plenty of new reads for Civil War buffs in northeastern North Carolina!


From last summer

Lee Oxford's book is also for sale online,  in area bookstores, and at local museums

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