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“I was on the Skirmish Line”

By nightfall on March 20th, Major General William T. Sherman had finally connected both wings of his combined Union armies along the Goldsboro Road. He finally felt secure in the knowledge that his veteran regiments were now in support of … Continue reading

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“…Enemy moving…”

Despite the success during the afternoon of March 19, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston realized that it was imperative for him to withdraw his forces back over Mill Creek before Major General William T. Sherman can bring his combined Union … Continue reading

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“…old Sherman lit up with a sad disappointment…”

By the middle of March 1865, the Confederate forces in the Eastern North Carolina found themselves within a slowly closing vise of three major Union military advances. Union Major General John G. Schofield was moving his “Army of the Ohio” … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – “…we took it a foot for fayetteville NC…”

By March 1865, the Southern experiment as a separate nation on the North America continent was quickly coming to a close. In Virginia, Union Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant was preparing his two field armies for a spring offensive to … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – “…keep my luck for I have lost everything…

The hurrahs over the initial defense of Fort Fisher soon came to an end with the arrival of a new Union task force to take the fort and close off the Cape Fear River to the Confederacy. This new expedition … Continue reading

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Second Mondays Lecture Series: General Whiting and Fort Fisher – Monday, February 9

Please join us for the Inaugural “Second Mondays” Lecture Series for 2015!  Lori Sanderlin from the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will speak on “Confederate Major General William Whiting and Fort Fisher” on Monday, February 9, 12 Noon to 1 … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – “…hoping you will not leave us to the mercy of the tories much longer…”

The first week of January 1865 heralded the beginning of a new year in North Carolina, but also marked the fifth year of the struggle define a new country within the boundaries of North America. This struggle for independence by … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – “Your Governor will meet you at the front and will share with you the worse”

By December 1864, the Confederacy was slowing disappearing from the face of the planet. Invading federal armies were now piercing its borders at will, and the current Confederate government was losing the ability to protect its citizens and institutions from … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – “all quiet now but Guard insufficient…”

By November 1864, the Confederacy was slowly collapsing upon itself. The loss of manpower and territory was dooming the young nation ever quickly, and responding to threats was becoming harder to do. The growing fears of a possible Union attack … Continue reading

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“The case is before you now for such aid as you render.”

By September 1864, events continued to spiral downward for the Confederate States of America. Since the summer of 1864, federal armies had roamed at will in and out of its borders. Major General William Tecumseh Sherman and his combined Union … Continue reading

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