Battle of South Mills

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Battle of South Mills
Camden
Began:

April 19, 1862

Ended:

Same Day

Location:

Camden County, North Carolina

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Burnside’s North Carolina Expedition

Outcome:

Inconclusive (Federal withdrawal)

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Combatants
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21st Massachusetts
51st Pennsylvania

3rd Georgia

Commanders

Jesse L. Reno
Brigadier General, USA

Ambrose Wright
Colonel, CSA

Strength
Casualties

114

25

  

Learning that the Confederates were building ironclads at Norfolk, Burnside planned an expedition to destroy the Dismal Swamp Canal locks to prevent transfer of the ships to Albemarle Sound. He entrusted the operation to Brig. Gen. Jesse Lee Reno’s command, which embarked on transports from Roanoke Island on April 18. By midnight, the convoy reached Elizabeth City and began disembarking troops. On the morning of April 19, Reno marched north on the road to South Mills. At the crossroads a few miles below South Mills, elements of Col. Ambrose Wright’s command delayed the Federals until dark. Reno abandoned the expedition and withdrew during the night to the transports at Elizabeth City. The transports carried Reno’s troops to New Berne where they arrived on April 22. (NPS summary)

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