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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
ans! charge, Zouaves! in honor of this brave and devoted soldier, General Burnside named one of the captured batteries Fort de Monteuil. as among the killed. The number of his prisoners amounted to about three thousand. Many of the troops on the Island escaped to Nag's head, and thence, accompanied by General Wise and the remainder of his Legion, they fled up the coast toward Norfolk. on the 18th of February, Wise issued a characteristic special order no. 1, from Canal Bridge, Currituck County, N. C., informing the public that the flag of Captain O. Jennings Wise would be raised for true men to rally around. the spoils of victory were forty-two heavy guns, most of them of large caliber, three being 100-pounders. New names were given to the forts. Fort Bartow was changed to Fort Foster; Fort Huger to Fort Reno and Fort Blanchard to Fort Parke. the Confederate flotilla was immediately followed Feb. 9, 1862. by Captain Rowan. It had gone up Albemarle Sound thirty or forty
a. Come! behold the scenes of your great military exploits. A little more than a year ago you came to defend and protect North-Carolina. You had possession of Roanoke Island, Fort Macon, New-bern, Washington, and Hatteras. How are they now? In the Falstaff imagination of your secession friends, every soldier under General Foster was transformed into live; the sea-coast is abandoned, and you are eating out the substance of my people in the interior. Come, look at the counties of Currituck, Cam. den, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Washington, Tyrrell, and Hyde. Think of this immense and rich territory — of their bright fields; how their valleys laughed with corn and wheat before your arrival; and now behold them, under the advice and rule of your demon associates, almost covered with blood and ashes. Pardon me for giving you a word of advice — the last from me, as I leave immediately for my distant home. You have committed a great crime in your part in this horrid war.
Oliver Mansfield, of Currituck county, N. C., aged 17, was accidentally shot and killed while hunting in Princess Anne county, Va., Christmas day. Hon. Pierre Soule, at a meeting of co-operationist in New Orleans Friday night, addressed the assemblage in French. Rev. Mr. Hough, of Cincinnati, (Swedenborgian,) preached in Lynchburg, Va., Sunday. The receipts of the U. S. Colonization Society last year from all sources was $14,363.
he enemy on the North Carolina coast — gunboats in Albemarle — reported capture of Plymouth--Governor Wise--Affecting scene, &c. [special correspondence of the Dispatch.] Norfolk, Feb. 14. The information of the enemy in our rear has inspired our people with vigilance, and a determination to resist his aggressive movements to the best advantage, and with every possible means. Nine of the Federal gunboats are reported over the bar at the mouth of North river, in Currituck county, North Carolina, and several of their side-whell gunboats passed into the mouth of the Albemarle and Chesapeake yesterday, and three of them came up the Canal sufficiently far to fire shot and shell among the Confederate forces at the Canal bridge. Active preparations are going on to give the Yankees a reception that will be honorable and creditable to the defenders of the soil. Of the movements of our troops, I shall of course say but little now. That they will do their duty upon the ba
d to capitulate, together with Cols. Jordan and Green and Major Fry, and their regiments and companies. I saw Lieut. Col. Anderson before leaving, and offered to take him off. He seemed much distressed, but said he could not desert his men. I heard that Captains Wise and Coles were killed. Of the 500 men engaged, Capt. Wise's company and the McCulloch Rangers bore the palm for bravery, where all behaved with gallantry, especially the two North Carolina companies, one of which was from Currituck county. This I saw. I also heard that the North Carolinians behaved with great gallantry in the Pork Point battery. With regard to the surrender of Col. Shaw, (an officer of acknowledged bravery,) I attribute it to the fact of his having many in his own and Col. Jordan's regiment so well acquainted with the locality that they knew surrender was only a question of time, as soon as the enemy's fleet passed the marshes. As far as the 500 who fought are concerned, in the battle of the 8th their
was not a Union man, and in case of the election of a rebel would arrest him if possible. The people have nominated M. L. Earl for the Senate and Lemuel C. Berbury for the House — both of them being Confederate soldiers now in the army. He arrested Jos. G. Godfrey at Pine Hill, and sent him off to Fort Lafayette. Nearly all the gunboats in Albemarle Sound have gone to James River.--The Yankees are running off negroes from all parts of the coast. About 600 have been taken, who fled from Currituck and Camden counties to their Yankee protectors at Suffolk and Norfolk. Thomas A. Jordan, James Freeman, James Wiggins, William Beeman, and five or six other prominent citizens of Gates county, have been arrested and carried to Suffolk. A body of 2,000 Yankees who had advanced to Pollocksville fell back on Monday to Newbern. Before they fell back they surprised and captured thirty-three of Andrews's cavalry and two of Turner's. Captain Northeutt's guerrillas ambuscaded the Yankees, killi
ght were killed and wounded. Although the Fawa and her crew and passengers escaped, the object of the expedition was accomplished, viz: the stopping of the transit of the United States mail between Norfolk and Newbern and other points on the Carolina coast by this route. Major Burroughs's command is doing good service in that section. Since this battalion was organized the enemy have committed much fewer depredations in Princess Anne and Currituck counties, and the little thieving squads that formerly roamed through the country have been entirely stopped. Now they only move in force. All the Yankee forces have been removed from South Mills, Currituck Canal Bridge, and Currituck Court House. Capt. Sanderlin's company have been very efficient in Currituck county. If companies like these were formed in every section which has been overrun by the enemy great good would be done. It would show that while an armed force may overrun, they cannot subdue a determined people.
The Daily Dispatch: January 2, 1864., [Electronic resource], The recent expedition of the enemy to Elizabeth City, N. C. (search)
abeth City, N. C., has been announced. It appears that the beast selected a fit representative to command the expedition.--The Raleigh (N. C.) Journal says: The expedition was commanded by Brig. Gen. Wilde, and consisted of two regiments of negroes, one of which was commanded by Ex Gov Todd, of Ohio. They landed at Elizabeth City on Friday, 18th ult., and spent some eight days before they returned, during which they destroyed ten buildings in the counties of Pasquotank, Camden, and Currituck, and outraged and plundered the people in the most heartless manner. Whilst in Elizabeth City the officers were all quartered on the most respectable families, indiscriminately, (the commissioned officers being white, the non-commissioned black,) and did not pay a dollar for anything they received. In most cases they compelled the white ladies to cook and wash for them. Reporting at Wilde's headquarters daily, they were questioned to know if they had been treated as "gentlemen," and par
The North Carolina Frontier --An Incident.--A detachment from a Massachusetts negro regiment, under the Colonel commanding, left Norfolk last week for Currituck county, North Carolina, to attack and capture, if possible, some of our guerillas of Lieut White's command, Failing this, they visited a second time the house of Lieut. White, and, after abusing the family, took his daughter, an accomplished young lady of 17 years. After having her hands tied in front of her, and the rope thrown over her shoulders, she was driven by a big negro, with curses and abuses in front of the command, towards Norfolk. When within five miles of Norfolk they met a regiment of New York white infantry, who, with its Colonel at the head, knocked over the negro driver and rescued Miss White from the negro guard and sent her to Norfolk in a carriage.