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Burnside, Ambrose Everett (1824-1881) to Edwin M. Stanton

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02196 Author/Creator: Burnside, Ambrose Everett (1824-1881) Place Written: New Bern, North Carolina Type: Letter signed Date: 5 May 1862 Pagination: 6 p. ; 25 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Signed as Major General commanding in the Department of North Carolina. Writes to the Secretary of War to report on the positions and activities of various troops and generals. "From information obtained through our Spies, I am Satisfied that the force in the neighborhood of Kinston and Goldsboro is diminishing rather than increasing; we had to-day a Cavalry Regiment and two batteries of Artillery ... " Mentions the positions of Confederate Generals Robert Ransom, Lawrence Branch, and Theophilus H. Holmes. Says that he will be glad to receive reinforcements. Stresses the importance of occupying Goldsboro and Raleigh, " ... you will readily see the reasons for this conviction - but - I would not if I could disturb the organization of the forces of the different columns now moving upon the Enemy; unless it was for the interest of the Public Service." Praises Union Generals John Gray Foster, Jesse Lee Reno, and John Grubb Parke, "By their untiring industry and gallantry they deserve to remain as prominent commanders in this department." Hopes they will be promoted as he already recommended. Mentions that he has authorized organization of the 1st Regiment North Carolina Union Volunteers and appointed Captain Potter as Colonel.

Background Information: Burnside's North Carolina expedition was a special division for operations along the coast that lasted from February to July 1862. His brigade commanders were John G. Foster, Jesse L. Reno, and ...John G. Parke. He captured New Bern on 14 March and Beaufort on 26 April. Expedition were sent out from New Bern to Washington, Plymouth, and Edenton, North Carolina, and Norfolk and Suffolk, Virginia.See More

People: Burnside, Ambrose Everett, 1824-1881
Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869
Foster, John Gray, 1823-1874
Reno, Jesse Lee, 1823-1862
Parke, John Grubb, 1827-1900
Ransom, Robert, 1828-1892
Branch, Lawrence O'Bryan, 1820-1862
Holmes, Theophilus H., 1804-1880

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion GeneralLincoln's CabinetSpyingConfederate General or LeaderConfederate States of AmericaCavalryArtilleryLetter of Introduction or Recommendation

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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