Civil War in NE North Carolina

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Rare Archer bolt found on South Mills battlefield

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 placed in the county road at the mouth of Sawyer's Lane, near where Nosay Road bears off to the right of NC 343. An elevation of 3 degrees with a 1.25 pound powder charge would have propelled the missile to its resting place. William Hoffman of the 51st Pennsylvania Volunteers was killed in that vicinity by a piece of shrapnel, probably fired by that same gun. It was the Confederates' only rifled piece involved in the battle.


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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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