Field Armies and Fortifications in the Civil War: The Eastern Campaigns, 1861-1864

By Earl J. Hess | Go to book overview

9 Goldsborough, New Bern, Washington, and Suffolk

Lee won at Chancellorsville despite having sent away Longstreet and two of his divisions. They were supporting operations in eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia that were designed to gather food in this rich agricultural region and put pressure on the Federal garrisons that occupied several towns on the Coastal Plain. The Yankees had established their presence in this region in early 1862 with the Burnside expedition, but they had failed to use it effectively as a springboard to attack vital lines of communication. More important operations in Virginia, most notably McClellan's drive on Richmond and Lee's subsequent efforts to mass troops for the Seven Days battles, had forced both sides to recall units from eastern North Carolina. The war had therefore stagnated on the Coastal Plain, with both sides content to watch each other from their respective towns.

The stalemate ended in mid-December 1862 when Maj. Gen. John G. Foster launched a raid from New Bern to Goldsborough to cut the Weldon Railroad. It was organized as a support for Burnside's offensive at Fredericksburg. Foster gathered a sizable force, four brigades with 10,000 infantrymen, forty guns, and 600 cavalrymen. He left New Bern on December 11, the same day that Burnside's engineers bridged the Rappahannock River, and encountered trees felled by the Rebels for several hundred yards along the road. Foster's pioneers, helped by details from the infantry regiments and even by freed blacks from the surrounding area, cut a path through the roadblock.1

Foster neared Kinston on December 13 to find Brig. Gen. Nathan G. Evans's South Carolina brigade of 2,000 men holding the town. Evans had also placed the 61st North Carolina in a forward position at Southwest Creek, four miles south of Kinston. The Tar Heels were entrenched along the north bank of this stream a short distance from the creek bluff and straddling the road to Kinston. The line consisted of a simple trench with a ditch but no traverses. Two artillery emplacements reinforced the line. A one-gun emplacement was located just to the left of the road; the other emplacement, for three guns, was on the far right of the line. It was a strong position but vulnerable to a

-200-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Field Armies and Fortifications in the Civil War: The Eastern Campaigns, 1861-1864
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 428

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.