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boats were sent thence to Edenton, on the west end of Albemarle Sound, where eight cannon and a schooner were destroyed, and two schooners, with 4,000 bushels of corn, captured. Com. Rowan's flotilla next moved Feb. 19. five miles up the Chowan river to Winton, Hereford county, upon assurances that its citizens wished to return to and be protected by the Union. Their reception was even warmer than they had expected. On reaching the town, they were saluted by a hailstorm of bullets, which the important fortresses of the old Union, which, having been seized by the Rebels, was repossessed by the Republic. Meantime, Washington, Plymouth, and some other towns on the coast, were quietly occupied by our forces, which ascended the Chowan river without serious resistance so far as Wilton. Gen. Reno was dispatched by Gen. Burnside from Newbern to Roanoke Island, whence his brigade was conveyed up Albemarle Sound to within tree miles of Elizabeth City, where it was disembarked durin
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 14: in command of the Army of the James. (search)
-Eighth New York Volunteers, captured a rebel marine brigade organized to prey upon the commerce of Chesapeake Bay, and a dangerous nest of pirates was broken up. November 27, Colonel Draper, with the Sixth U. S. Colored Troops, made a successful raid into the counties lying on the sounds in Virginia and North Carolina, capturing and dispersing organized guerillas. December 4, Brigadier-General Wilde, at the head of two regiments of colored troops, overran all the counties as far as Chowan River, releasing some two thousand slaves and inflicting much damage upon the enemy. December 13, Brigadier-General Wistar sent a force from Williamsburg to Charles City Court-House and captured two companies of rebel cavalry, being the outposts of Richmond. The force was gallantly led by Col. Robert West. The army being much in need of recruits, and Eastern Virginia claiming to be a fully organized loyal State, by permission of the President an enrolment of all the able-bodied loyal cit
ng account of this affair: United States steamer Delaware, off Winton, N. C., Feb. 21, 1862. On the morning of the nineteenth inst., the flotilla, under the command of Com. S. C. Rowan, set out from Edenton for a reconnaissance of the Chowan River as far as Winton, and the Roanoke River as far as Plymouth. The first detachment, under Com. Rowan, consisted of the Delaware, his flag-ship, and the Perry, having on board a company of the Hawkins Zouaves; the second detachment, under command of Lieut. A. Murray, comprised the remainder of the flotilla. The greater portion of the day was spent in admiring the picturesque scenery which is to be found on the banks of the Chowan. Here and there were deserted houses, and small boats drawn up upon the shore by their timid owners, who had left them upon our approach. Solitary contrabands at intervals might have been seen waving their hats with perfect delight, with the belief, apparently, that Massa Bobolition had come to free them.
ilitary 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. You commenced with perjury, and are trying
to do with the evacuation of Westover, as it made McClellan feel that his shipping was insecure. Two days after, he took possession of Coggins's Point, and maintained a force on the south side till he left the river. His gunboats were attacked at the mouth of the Appomattox, and points were selected for the further harassing of his shipping. An expedition was sent out, under Colonel J. R. Chambliss, to within two miles of Suffolk. Arrangements were made for the defence of the Blackwater, Chowan, and Tar Rivers, and a point selected for fortifications on the Roanoke to secure Weldon. On the twenty-first August, I left Petersburg to join the army in Northern Virginia, and was given command of McLaws's division and three brigades of my own division at Hanover Junction. The brigades of Ripley and Colquitt, of my division, were in advance of us, at Orange Court-House. On the twenty-sixth August, we left Hanover Junction, and joined General Lee at Chantilly, on the second September,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
Union and date of their admission. Order.Name.Date of Settlement.Where first Settled.By whom Settled.Date of Admission.Area in Square Miles. 1Virginia1607JamestownEnglishThe 13 Original States.38,348 2New York1614New YorkDutch47,000 3Massachusetts1620PlymouthEnglish7,800 4New Hampshire1623Little HarborEnglish9,392 5Connecticut1633WindsorEnglish4,750 6Maryland1634St. Mary'sEnglish11,124 7Rhode Island1636ProvidenceEnglish1,308 8Delaware1638WilmingtonSwedes2,120 9North Carolina1650Chowan RiverEnglish50,704 10New Jersey1664ElizabethEnglish8,320 11South Carolina1670Ashley RiverEnglish34,000 12Pennsylvania1682PhiladelphiaEnglish43,000 13Georgia1733SavannahEnglish58,000 14Vermont1724Fort DummerEnglish179110,212 15Kentucky1775BoonesboroEnglish179237,680 16Tennessee1757Fort LondonEnglish179645,600 17Ohio1788MariettaEnglish180239,964 18Louisiana1699IbervilleFrench181249,346 19Indiana1730VincennesFrench181638,809 20Mississippi1716NatchezFrench181747,156 21Illinois1720Kaskas
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), North Carolina, (search)
tal, Raleigh. For first exploration of coast, see colony of Virginia, 1584-90. John Porey, secretary of the colony of Virginia, explores the country to the Chowan River......1622 Charles I. grants a patent for all the territory between lat. 36° and 31° N. to Sir Robert Heath......1629-30 Roger Green, with colonists from Virginia, settles on the Roanoke and the Chowan rivers......July, 1653 Chief of the Yeopim Indians grants to George Durant land in Perquimans county......1662 Charles II. grants to the Earl of Clarendon and seven others territory extending westward from the Atlantic Ocean between lat. 31° and 36°, which they call Carolina...arch, 1713 Bills of credit for £ 800 issued by the colony to pay Indian war debt. First issue of paper money in North Carolina......1713 Edenton, on the Chowan River, founded......1715 Tuscarora Indians enter into a treaty, and a tract of land on the Roanoke, in the present county of Bertie, is ceded to them by Governor
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, New York Volunteers. (search)
e from Plymouth to Nichol's Mills June 28 (Detachment). Free Bridge July 6. Expedition from Newport Barracks to Cedar Point and White Oak River July 13-16 (1 Co.). Smith's Mill Bridge July 15. Swift Creek July 18. Raid to Tarboro July 18-24. Tarboro July 20. Hookerstown July 21. Swift Creek, Street's Ferry and Scupperton July 22, Expedition from Plymouth to Foster's Mills July 26-29 (Detachment). Williamston July 27. Foster's Mills July 27. Sparta July 20. Chowan July 28. Near Washington August 14. Near Rocky Run November 4. Near Janesville November 20. Near Greenville November 25. Greenville November 30. Near Kinston December 5. Free Bridge. Chincapin Creek, December 16 (Cos. A, B and E ). Scout from Rocky Run toward Trenton December 21-24 (Detachment). Near Washington December 21. Expedition from Newport Barracks to Young's Cross Roads, Swansboro and Jackson December 27-29. Swansboro Road December 28. Greenville
en withdrew with great reluctance after having been under a heavy artillery fire for some hours. The Confederate losses in this demonstration were, so far as reported, 4 killed and 19 wounded. Between this movement against New Bern and the siege of Washington, only one or two skirmishes took place. A few men from the Seventeenth regiment made a demonstration against Plymouth. Col. John E. Brown, with three companies of the Forty-second regiment, attacked the post at Winfield, on the Chowan river, below Gatesville; after a brisk exchange of shots, he withdrew. At Sandy Ridge, three companies of the Forty-ninth and some of the Eighth regiment had a short skirmish on the 20th, and lost 1 killed and 6 wounded. Toward the last of March, General Hill sent General Garnett to lay siege to Washington. It had been hoped, as already seen, to surprise the town, but the rains delayed and exposed the movement. General Lee advised against an assault on the town on account of the loss i
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 3 (search)
's staff, and now one of the Superior Court judges for North Carolina. The task imposed upon this small force, consisting of two or three hundred infantry and our battery, numbering about one hundred and twenty-five men, was no light one. For weeks it had been in a state of constant activity and excitement, enhanced towards the last with continual suspense and anxiety. It had been constantly on the move to meet threatened advances from the directions of the Tar and lower Roanoke and the Chowan and Backwater rivers. If I remember aright, during the month of March it had been sent upon two expeditions through Northampton, Hertford and Bertie counties, to repel reported raids of the enemy's cavalry from the Chowan; one, to and below Tarboro to meet a threatened advance from the lower Tar and Roanoke, and one, down the Seaboard and Roanoke railroad towards Franklin, to check a cavalry raid from the Blackwater. This last expedition, however, was in April, the command returning to cam
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