New Bern and the Civil War
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On March 14, 1862, Federal forces under the command of General Ambrose Burnside overwhelmed Confederate forces in the Battle of New Bern, capturing the town and its important seaport. From that time on, Confederates planned to retake the city. D.H. Hill and James J. Pettigrew made the first attempt but failed miserably. General George Pickett tried in February 1864. He nearly succeeded but called the attack off on the edge of victory. The Confederates made another charge in May led by General Robert Hoke. They had the city surrounded with superior forces when Lee called Hoke back to Richmond and ended the expedition. Author Jim White details the chaotic history of New Bern in the Civil War.
The History Press
: 9781625859921
: The History Press
: 02/19/2018
: North Carolina
: Civil War
: 107 Black And White
: 208
: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
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Jim White is a noted author, having published a number of books on Portsmouth Island and New Bern, North Carolina. Among his works are Paradise Lost: An Oral History of Portsmouth Island, Portsmouth Island: Walk in the Past and Portsmouth Divided: The Civil War on Portsmouth Island. Other books include Fifty Years of Light: A History of Grantham Masonic Lodge and Years of Light: Volume 3, a History of St. John's #3 Masonic Lodge. He is the winner of the Willie Parker Peace History Book Award and the Claude Hunter Moore Journal Award presented by the North Carolina Society of Historians. Jim is a retired educator, principal and college professor and lives in New Bern, North Carolina, with his wife, Nancy. They have three sons and five grandchildren.
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