The Civil War on the Outer Banks

A History of the Late Rebellion Along the Coast of North Carolina from Carteret to Currituck, with Comments on Prewar Conditions and an Account of Postwar Recovery


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About the Book

The ports at Beaufort, Wilmington, New Bern and Ocracoke, part of the Outer Banks (a chain of barrier islands that sweeps down the North Carolina coast from the Virginia Capes to Oregon Inlet), were early involved in the chaos that grew into the Civil War. Though smaller than their counterparts in South Carolina, the small river ports were useful for the import of war matériel and the export of cash producing crops, through their use of the inlets that led from sounds to sea. Written from official records, contemporary newspaper accounts, personal journals of the soldiers, and many unpublished manuscripts and memoirs, this is a full accounting of the Civil War along the North Carolina coast.

About the Author(s)

The late Fred M. Mallison was a graduate of N.C. State University and East Carolina University. He lived in Washington, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Fred M. Mallison

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 251
Bibliographic Info: photos, maps, tables, references, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2005 [1997]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2418-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2159-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v
Preface      1

1 From Settlement to War      3
2 Between the Wars      11
3 Fifteen Weeks      21
4 Guns in the Sounds      49
5 Burnside and Roanoke Island      63
6 New Bern and Fort Macon      87
7 Occupation 1862–1863      111
8 Occupation Threatened      135
9 The End and the Beginning      157
10 Reconstruction and Recovery      69

Epilogue      191
Author’s Note      193
Appendix: Soldiers from the Outer Banks      195
Notes      205
Bibliography      223
Index      231

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “a fine example of the new Civil War scholarship that focuses on the war’s effect on regions and regiments”—C&RL News
  • “masterfully written…excellent”—North & South
  • “excellent…of interest”—The Civil War Courier
  • “fascinating”—Our State
  • “does full justice to these battles…brings out how reactions to the Yankee invasions varied from island to island and why”—Crossfire
  • “draw[s] from a large body of sources rich in official reports, newspaper reports, anecdotes, contemporary testimony, and retrospective regimental histories”—North Carolina Libraries
  • “enumerate[s] the factors that made the Outer Banks strategically important to its residents, the Confederacy and the Union”—The Civil War Courier
  • “looks at the importance of the small river ports along the coast for the import of war material and export of cash-producing crops”—Carolina Country
  • “accurate and well-told account”—The Ensign