Battle of Fort Anderson

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Battle of Fort Anderson
Deep Gully
Began:

March 13, 1863

Ended:

March 15, 1863

Location:

Craven County, North Carolina

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Longstreet’s Tidewater Operations

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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1st Division, XVIII Corps

Hill’s Division

Commanders

Hiram Anderson
Lieutenant Colonel, USA

Daniel H. Hill
Major General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

7 total (US and CS)

7 total (US and CS)

  

Lt. Gen. James Longstreet took charge of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina on February 25 and initiated his Tidewater Operations. He directed D.H. Hill, commander of the North Carolina District, to advance on the Union stronghold of New Berne with about 12,000 men. Maj. Gen. William H.T. Whiting, who commanded the Wilmington garrison, refused to cooperate. After an initial success at Deep Gully on March 13, Hill marched against the well-entrenched Federals at Fort Anderson on March 14-15. Hill was forced to retire upon the arrival of Union gunboats. The city’s garrison was heavily reinforced, and Hill withdrew to threaten Washington, North Carolina. (NPS summary)

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