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Item # 562700

February 15, 1862

THE NEW YORK HERALD, New York City, February 15, 1862.

* Roanoke Island North Carolina

* Edenton & Elizabeth City NC

This Genuine newspaper has a Wealth of Civil War reporting from during Abraham Lincoln's administration.

The front page has 2 nice maps titled:

* THE BRILLIANT VICTORY AT ROANOKE....

&

* EDENTON AND ELIZABETH CITY


Among the one column headlines on the Civil War are:

* The Integrity Of The Union
* Our Accounts Of The Battles
* ADDITIONAL REBEL DETAILS
* CAPTURE OF EDENTON
* Roanoke Island, Elizabeth City
and Edenton Occupied by Unionists

and more. (see)

Complete in eight pages. This issue is not fragile as newsprint from this era was made of cotton and linen rags, allowing them to remain very pliable and easy to handle. Little margin wear, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes:
The opening phase of what came to be called the Burnside Expedition, the Battle of Roanoke Island was an amphibious operation of the American Civil War, fought on 7–8 February 1862 in the North Carolina Sounds a short distance south of the Virginia border. The attacking force consisted of a flotilla of gunboats of the United States Navy drawn from the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, commanded by Flag Officer Louis M. Goldsborough, a separate group of gunboats under United States Army control, and an Army division led by Brigadier General Ambrose E. Burnside. The defenders were a group of gunboats from the Confederate States Navy, termed the Mosquito Fleet, under Captain William F. Lynch, and about 2000 Confederate soldiers commanded locally by Brigadier General Henry A. Wise. The defense was augmented by four forts facing on the water approaches to the island, and two outlying batteries. At the time of the battle, Wise was hospitalized, so leadership fell to his second in command, Colonel Henry M. Shaw.

The first day of the battle was spent mostly in a gun duel between the Federal gunboats and the forts on shore, with occasional contributions from the Mosquito Fleet. Rather late in the day, Burnside's soldiers came ashore unopposed; they were accompanied by six howitzers manned by sailors. As it was too late to fight, the invaders went into camp for the night.

On the second day, 8 February, the Union soldiers advanced, but were stopped by an artillery battery and accompanying infantry in the center of the island. Although the Rebels thought that their line was safely anchored in impenetrable swamps, they were flanked on both sides and their soldiers were driven back to refuge in the forts. The forts were taken in reverse, however. With no way for his men to escape, Col. Shaw surrendered in order to avoid pointless bloodshed.

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