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North Carolina 2nd Artillery, Battery I 1st (Confederate)

16 Apr 1861

North Carolina 2nd Artillery, Battery I 1st organized.

14 Mar 1862

Participated in the Battle of New Bern at Craven County, North Carolina.

The Battle of New Bern
The Battle of New Bern

Hatteras Island, on the outer shore of North Carolina, fell to Union forces in August, 1861. Roanoke Island, just to the north, was captured on February 8, 1862. Elizabeth City on the mainland followed days later. With the freedom to navigate unmolested through Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, Brig. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside’s command looked for other strategic targets of opportunity. The city of New Bern was a significant target, as the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad that connected the coast with the in… Read More

04 Nov 1863

North Carolina 2nd Artillery, Battery I 1st mustered out.

13 Jan 1865

Participated in the Battle of Second Fort Fisher at New Hanover County, North Carolina.

The Battle of Second Fort Fisher
The Battle of Second Fort Fisher

By January 1865, Fort Fisher on the North Carolina shore was the last coastal stronghold of the Confederacy. The fort protected blockade running vessels entering and departing Wilmington, the South's last open seaport on the Atlantic coast. Maj. Gen. Alfred Terry was placed in command of a Provisional Corps from the Army of the James, and was supported by a Navy and Marine Corps force of nearly 60 vessels under Rear Adm. David D. Porter. Terry's orders were to renew operations against the fort that had fai… Read More