First Wednesdays – Battle of New Bern

The United States forces of the Burnside Expedition captured Roanoke Island on February 8th, 1862, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina on February 10th, 1862.  After resolving how to handle Confederate prisoners and probing the upper inter-coastal waterways, the Burnside Expedition settled on the city of New Bern, North Carolina as their next target.  Despite Confederate attention to fortifying and defending the city, Burnside’s Expedition successfully attacked on March 14th, 1862 and, after about four hours of hard fighting, captured the city.  This map shows the strength of the Confederate position and the placement of the defenders and attackers.  The central element of the map, a rail road line, was the flaw in the defensive works of the Confederates.  This map is part of Governor Henry Toole Clark’s private papers among the items in his scrap book.  The scrap book is fragile and retired from use but available on microfilm.  We hope you will enjoy seeing the image in color.

Map of Battle of New Bern

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