Battle of New Bern

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Battle of New Bern
New Berne
Began:

March 14, 1862

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Craven County, North Carolina

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Burnside’s North Carolina Expedition

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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Coastal Division
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron

5 regiments, militia

Commanders

Ambrose Burnside
Brigadier General, USA

Lawrence O’Bryan Branch
Brigadier General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

471
Killed: 90
Wounded: 380
Missing: 1

578
Killed: 64
Wounded: 101
Missing: 413

  

On March 11, Brig. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside’s command embarked from Roanoke Island to rendezvous with Union gunboats at Hatteras Inlet for an expedition against New Bern. On March 13, the fleet sailed up the Neuse River and disembarked infantry on the river’s south bank to approach the New Bern defenses. The Confederate defense was commanded by Brig. Gen. Lawrence Branch. On March 14, John G. Foster’s, Jesse Reno’s, and John G. Parke’s brigades attacked along the railroad and after four hours of fighting drove the Confederates out of their fortifications. The Federals captured nine forts and 41 heavy guns and occupied a base which they would hold to the end of the war, in spite of several Confederate attempts to recover the town. (NPS summary)

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