Burnside's Expedition and beyond
Merry Christmas to all.
150 years ago the US combined army and navy forces failed to take Fort Fisher. It was only a matter of time before they returned and tried again.
But for 1864 a Christmas miracle for the defenders of Fort Fisher!
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Civil authority remained in control of the city, with a few hiccups, until February 1863.
The Federal attack and occupation on February 9, 1862 was short lived. By Feb 14th Confederate forces were back in the city itself, Union forces having withdrawn. Although elements of the civil authority fled before the fighting on February 9th 1862, the civil government remained in charge of the town - neither the federal or Confederate forces declared a martial law.
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I have been trying to find living people who had a USCT or African American soldier or sailor as an ancestor. Doing reverse genealogy is not as easy as genealogy (genealogy goes from what you know backward to the next earlier generation - reverse genealogy takes a historical figure and tries to find kids, grand kids, etc.).
I have found a group of descendants for Riley G. Lee, Co. F, 35th USCT.
Riley G. Lee marries Sarah A. Harris circa…Continue
Found a mystery - to me anyways. And I thought I would share and perhaps someone (hint to you Bruce) might inform me.
Elizabeth City, The North Carolinian, Wednesday, December 15th, 1875
Local and Personal.
Lawrence & Son have employed the services of John Fair, a Diver from Portsmouth, to recover rollers, chains, etc., that had “gone down” at their Ship Yard. During his submarine explorations last week he discovered a…Continue
If you read through two of the major reports on Edward Wild's raid through northeastern NC (New York Times article and Wild's report - a third major article is the report issued by the Confederate Congress on their investigation into charges filed in the wake of the raid) you can piece together the identity of "Tewksbury," the writer of the New York article.
From Tewksbury newspaper article:
the correspondent of the times as bearer of…Continue
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If you did not go to the MOA last Saturday you missed out. Bruce, Charles, Alex and I were in rare form, rare form indeed. We spent most of the day knocking o graves and waiting on that damned old buffalo soldier to say nothing. And sure enough, he said nothing all day long.
If I were you I would not miss next year for a wheel barrel full of wooden nickles.
I had a blast and I appreciated being around all of those who know such much…Continue
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I know you all will be as happy as I am when I tell you that I got a great call from Wanda Stiles at the museum (MOA) on Friday. We played phone tag once or twice but finally made the connection. She told me that they had recently (that day) found the Martin Camp book referenced by Elliott, that I mentioned in a previous post.
Praise be that the item is right where it should be. Now, I hope to get to see it soon.
Three cheers for…Continue
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President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. The intent was to free slaves in any state in rebellion against the federal government. A state could show it was not in rebellion by having a duly elected official in the US Congress. Although North Carolina would try to elect
such an official (and fail), the man in charge of local United States forces in Elizabeth City when the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation was…
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