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"Wilmington. Fort Fisher Carried by Assault," The New York Times, January 18, 1865

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WASHINGTON, Tuesday, Jan. 17 -- 10:40 A.M. Maj.-Gen. J.A. Dix: The following official dispatches have just been received at this department: HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES FORCES ON FEDERAL POINT, N.C., Jan. 15, via FORTRESS MONROE, Jan.…

"Wilmington. The Attack on Fort Fisher," New York Times, December 30, 1864


WASHINGTON, Thursday, Dec. 29. The Secretary of the Navy received this afternoon the following by special messenger: NORTH ATLANTIC SQUADRON, U.S. FLAG SHIP MALVERN, AT SEA, OFF NEW INLET, Monday, Dec. 26, 1864. SIR: I was in hopes that I should…

Charles M. Robinson III, "Hurricane of Fire" (1998)

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For four years, Fort Fisher was the Achilles' heel of the Union blockade. As long as it stood, Wilmington would remain open. The odds were overwhelmingly in favor of the blockade-runners that came and went virtually on schedule, openly defying the…

"The Land Attack on Wilmington - Defence and Fall of Fort Fisher," Charleston Mercury, January 18, 1865

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THE LAND ATTACK ON WILMINGTON - DEFENCE AND FALL OF FORT FISHER Our community was much depressed yesterday by the news, which reaches here in the forenoon that Fort Fisher, the gate of the Cape Fear River, had succumbed to another tremendous…

General Ambrose E. Burnside, May 23, 1824 – September 13, 1881


General Ambrose E. Burnside was born on May 23, 1824. Burnside began his military career upon graduation from the United States Military in 1847. He would become a second lieutenant during the Mexican-American War and would be put on garrison duty in…

Letter of Joseph J. Hoyle to Sarah Hoyle, February 6, 1864


Near Orange C. H. Va.,
Feb 6th, 1864

My Dear wife:
I again have the pleasure of dropping you a few lines informing you that I am well at present and I hope this will find you well. Every thing continues quiet with us. We have some fine weather…

Letter of Joseph J. Hoyle to Sarah Hoyle, July 25, 1863


Near Culpeper,
July, 25th 1863.

My Dear wife:
I have the opportunity of dropping you a few lines this evening, informing you that I am not very well. I have been unwell since we left Winchester, and the march has set very hard upon me, but I…

Letter of Joseph J. Hoyle to Sarah Hoyle, July 5, 1864

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Near Petersburg, Va.
July 5th, 1864

My Dear wife:
This will inform you that we have again changed positions. Day before yesturday we left the north side of the James River and are now in position on the right of the lines around Petersburg,…

Letter of Joseph J. Hoyle to Sarah Hoyle, October 21, 1863


Rappahannock River, Va.
Wednesday, Oct 21st, 1863

My Dear wife. [Mrs. J.J. Hoyle, Knob Creek, N. C.]
I take the opportunity of dropping you a few more lines. Nothing of interest has occurred among us since I lat wrote you. We crossed the…

Letter of Joseph J. Hoyle to Sarah Hoyle, June 25-July 19, 1863


June, 1863 — No. 10
My Dear wife:

I will now proceed to continue my regular series of letters, and as you see I will have to go back to the time we crossed the Potomac, as that is the time I left off.

Thursday, 25 — We waded the Potomac…