Tag Archives: military-navy

First Wednesdays – “…to surrender the ship…”

Many North Carolinians saw the repeal of the Ordinance of Secession and repudiation of slavery as the final steps to be completed for their re-entry into the United States. Now, the voting population of North Carolina had to select a … 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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First Wednesdays – CSS Shenandoah takes sail

October 1864 was the month that the CSS Shenandoah took sail on her infamous cruise around the world. It is, with that in mind, that the State Archives of North Carolina is happy to announce that the CSS Shenandoah Log … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – “We are all nearly worn out with waiting for the tide”

By early 1863, Governor Zebulon Vance saw the need for the State of North Carolina to operate its own system of supplying Tar Heel soldiers in the field. His limited service as the colonel of the Twenty-Sixth North Carolina Troops … Continue reading

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Modern Greece

On 19 April 1861, President Abraham Lincoln announced a blockade of the Southern states that were in rebellion, namely Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas. Eight days later, he added the states of North Carolina and Virginia … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Siege of Washington, N.C.

On March 30th 1863 Confederate forces under General Daniel Harvey Hill invested the town of Washington, N.C.  For a little more than two weeks Hill continued the siege of the town hoping to capture the garrison inside.  Confederate forces arrayed … Continue reading

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This Day in North Carolina History and Archives Week

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources has started a new blog called “This Day in North Carolina History” dedicated to a day-to-day history of the people and places of the Tar Heel state. Today’s entry is relevant to the … Continue reading

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2nd Saturdays Civil War Events for June

The Department of Cultural Resources is again sponsoring the “2nd Saturdays” program (see this video for more information) in which more than 100 events will be held across the state on the second Saturdays of the months of June, July and … Continue reading

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A Union Soldier’s View of the Burnside Expedition

Chauncey W. Curtis was born in 1843. During the Civil War, Curtis was a private in the 51st New York Volunteers. His regiment moved from Chesapeake Bay to North Carolina as part of General Reno’s brigade in Burnside’s Expedition. Chauncey … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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