A great resource for information on the Civil War on Hatteras Island

By on August 14, 2019

If you are interested in the Civil War on Hatteras Island, a great resource for primary source information is “The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc.” (Check out Volumes 3 and 4 for information on the Outer Banks.) Nothing beats firsthand accounts of the war including descriptions of weather and landscape, ships grounding, and battles.

This excerpt comes from Volume 3 and relates to Hatteras Island in August 1861:

“There is an inlet across the sand bar at Hatteras, made by the sea within a few years, near which there have been erected two forts of earth and sand and other materials, and mounting a considerable number of guns. These forts were shelled by the National rifled cannon at a range of two- and-a-half miles. Into one of them there were thrown twenty-eight shells in eight minutes. One of the works surrendered, which was taken possession of and its guns directed against the other, which also soon surrendered. Their whole force was captured, and eight hundred of the Federal troops were left to garrison the forts and keep possession of them. At first Capt. Barron proposed to surrender if permitted to do so with the honors of war. This Gen. Butler refused, and demanded a surrender, at discretion, which was yielded, and the enemy marched out prisoners of war. —”  Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum


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