TITLE

Longstreet's Tidewater Campaign: March-April 1863: Fort Anderson, North Carolina (NC010), Craven County, March 13-15, 1863

PUB. DATE
January 1998
SOURCE
Civil War Battlefield Guide;1998, p194
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
On March 13 to 15, 1863, during the U.S. Civil War, a military activity occurred at Fort Anderson, North Carolina, between the U.S. and Confederate States (C.S.) armies. In February 1863 C.S. General Robert E. Lee named C.S. Lieutenant General James Longstreet commander of the 43,000 troops in the Department of Virginia and North Carolina. Longstreet established his headquarters in Petersburg and took command of the First Corps divisions of C.S. Major Generals John Bell Hood and George E. Pickett, which Lee had detached from the Army of Northern Virginia to defend Richmond, and C.S. Major General Daniel Harvey Hill's Division in North Carolina. President Jefferson Davis ordered him to protect Richmond, Lee needed to have Hood and Pickett ready to rejoin his army if the Federals launched an offensive along the Rappahannock River, and the Confederate secretary of war, James Seddon, urged Longstreet to gather supplies for Lee's army while keeping the Federals penned in their East Coast enclaves at New Bern/Fort Anderson and Washington in North Carolina, and Suffolk in Virginia. Hill hit the Union stronghold of New Bern on the Neuse River with a three-pronged attack. While one column cut the Atlantic & North Carolina Railroad and communications south of New Bern, C.S. Brigadier General Junius Daniel's Brigade advanced from Kinston along the lower Trent Road. Estimated Union and Confederate casualties are given.
ACCESSION #
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