Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and the Civil War: A History of Battle and Occupation

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It was February of 1862. Although the Civil War was now nearly a year old, the armies had done little more than feint and skirmish. The war at sea, however, was an entirely different proposition. The Union navy's blockade of the Confederate seaboard was ruthless and unremitting. With no outlets for its agricultural staples and no ability to receive desperately needed European manufactures, the Southern economy was asphyxiating. It was into this backdrop that a Union naval assault force breached North Carolina's coastal defenses to destroy a small squadron of Confederate warships and bombard, capture and occupy Elizabeth City. As author Chris Meekins demonstrates in this engaging account of an oft neglected yet fascinating theatre of the Civil War, the complicated and turbulent history of Elizabeth City during this time only mirrored the overall state of affairs in northeastern North Carolina
ISBN: 9781596292123
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: North Carolina
Series: Civil War
Images: 36
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6.875 (w) x 9.75 (h)
Chris Meekins has spent several years as a reference and correspondence archivist in the North Carolina State Archives while completing a doctoral program in U.S. History at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. He has successfully published a number of literature reviews in the journal North Carolina Historical Review. His interest in the history of North Carolina is reflected in the many historical works he has produced over the last few years.
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