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Join us for a virtual lecture with author and historian John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. Quarstein will give a presentation on a series of engagements fought along the North Carolina coast between February and June 1862 which were part of Burnside’s Expedition to close blockade-running ports against the Confederacy.
About the lecture:
Brigadier General Ambrose E. Burnside’s Coastal Division, with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron’s support, had achieved success with the capture of Roanoke Island, Elizabeth City, Edenton, Plymouth, and Washington, North Carolina, in February 1862. So Burnside decided to move against New Bern. This North Carolina port and rail hub was located on the Neuse River at the Trent River’s confluence near the Pamlico Sound entrance. North Carolina was defended by 4,000 ill-trained yet armed troops commanded by Brigadier General Lawrence O’Bryan Branch. With Commander Steven Rowan’s 14 gunboats’ support, Burnside struck the Confederate defenses on March 14, 1862, routing the Confederates. This enabled Burnside to besiege the brick casemate Fort Macon on Bogue Banks guarding Morehead City and Beaufort, North Carolina. Union rifled cannon forced the fort to capitulate on April 26, 1862. The Carolina inland sea was now entirely Union blue.