North Carolina Civil War

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North Carolina and Significant Happening in the Civil War North Carolina was known as a slave state and North Carolina did have various large plantations, but North Carolina did not center around the slave trade, so the state was reluctant to join in the war and leave the union, but North Carolina’s Loyalty to the south lead to a full-fledged alliance to the Confederacy and it’s war in which North Carolina fought diligently and, consequently, the state has deep history rooted in the Civil War. North Carolina was a state that did not solely rely on slave labor for it means of production. North Carolina did have large plantations, but there where a lot of smalls family worked and owned farms. People in North Carolina looked on cautiously as…show more content…
The Governor of North Carolina at this time was John Willis Ellis. He completely denied Lincoln request by Stating “Your dispatch is received, and if genuine, which it extraordinary character leads me to doubt, I have to say in reply, that I regard the levy o troops made by the administration for the purpose of subjugating the states of the South, as in violation of the Constitution, and as a gross usurpation of power. I can be no party to this wicked violation of the laws of the country and to this war upon the liberties of a free people. You can get no troops from North Carolina.” (Barret 7) This was the beginning of North Carolina’s involvement in the Civil…show more content…
Having control over eastern North Carolina was very important because it the farm land was rich and it farms provide and food and supplies to the Confederate troop. Also, Roanoke Island was important to capture because it could give the Union troops in entrance to other towns in North Carolina and Virginia. To lead the Invasion of Roanoke Island the Union chose General Amborse E. Burnside. General Burnside had fifteen thousand men under his control. His fleet left Hampton Roads in January 1862. The vessel experienced difficulty because of horrible storms. Still, Burnside and his men arrived in February of 1862. Confederate forces where weak and in no way ready for an attack of this magnitude. Colonel Shaw surrendered to Burnside when Burnside. It did not take General Burnside long to take Roanoke Island and then advance to New Bern. New Bern was the next to largest city along the coast. Burnside arrived in New Bern in the middle of March of 1862. Burnside easily defeated the small Confederate force in New Bern and then moved on to Kinston North Carolina. Burnside and his troops continued through the eastern part of North Carolina dominating the Confederate forces. Burnside held control of these towns until the end of the
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