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Civil War Soldier's Letter Describing the Battle of New Berne

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Civil War Soldier's Letter Describing the Battle of New Berne
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Great Civil War letter! The Battle of New Berne was fought on 14 March 1862, near the city of New Bern, North Carolina, as part of the Burnside Expedition of the American Civil War. The US Army's Coast Division, led by Brigadier General Ambrose Burnside and accompanied by armed vessels from the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, were opposed by an undermanned and badly trained Confederate force of North Carolina soldiers and militia led by Brigadier General Lawrence O'B. Branch. Although the defenders fought behind breastworks that had been set up before the battle, their line had a weak spot in its center that was exploited by the attacking Federal soldiers. When the center of the line was penetrated, many of the militia broke, forcing a general retreat of the entire Confederate force. General Branch was unable to regain control of his troops until they had retreated to Kinston, more than 30 miles away. New Bern came under Federal control, and remained so for the rest of the war. [wikipedia]



Quotes from this letter help paint a more personal look at this battle. "Trees in all directions had been filled to stop our advance." "Our regiment marched right up in front." "When they were in their trenches we couldn't see their heads." Letter has water stains, been taped and is very toned and difficult to read. Still this is a unique view of this battle!!! (Potter Collection) Date: 1862 Location: New Berne, North Carolina HWAC# 59476