The Battle of Roanoke Island.

major bill

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General Burnside came up with the concept of what we know as the Burnside Expedition. One of the most important parts of the Burnside Expedition was the Battle of Roanoke Island. Although small by Eastern Theater battles the Battle of Roanoke Island had important consequences. Once Roanoke Island was captured the Union moved in to the Albemarle Sound.

The Confederate defenders of Roanoke Island were out numbered but did the Confedercy stand any chance of holding Roanoke Island? I have read a couple of articles about the battle and it seems like the Confedercy did not put put all that much effort in to preparing the island's defenses. Perhaps the Confederate government just did not see the importance in holding Roanoke Island.

A couple of years ago my wife wanted to see Roanoke Island so we drove out to it. The drive took longer than we thought and in the end after we seen "the Lost Colony" I did not have enough time to get to see many Civil War things on the Island. So did I miss out on seeing anything real good?
 

Jamieva

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It has been like 20 years since I was last there, but I don't recall anything at the time that indicated the battle there. Everything was about the Lost Colony and the Elizabethan Gardens.

Is there a book that covers Burnside's campaign in this area?
 

major bill

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It has been like 20 years since I was last there, but I don't recall anything at the time that indicated the battle there. Everything was about the Lost Colony and the Elizabethan Gardens.

Is there a book that covers Burnside's campaign in this area?

I have mostly read about the Burnside Expedition and the Battle of Roanoke Island in Civil War magazines . However, I have read a couple of books about the Civil War in North Carolina where the Battle of Roanoke Island is covered in the book.
 

major bill

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My wife loved the "Lost Colony". I wanted to see Kitty Hawk and any Civil War sites. Like I said after a long drive and a nice lunch we really only had to time to see the "Lost Colony". She made it up to me by us stopping at several other Civil War sites over the next two days.
 

tmorr

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There’s not much left on Roanoke to see from the Civil War but it is worth the trip if you have the time. Many of the CS coastal fortifications are, or are now believed to be, under water and much battle that took place on the island (astride modern US64) is commemorated by some signage. You can visit the area where the US troops landed though it’s on private land and the aquarium there had an exhibit on the Monitor for years - I believe it’s still there. As a kid vacationing there annually, I made the acquaintance of a local gentleman who would take me relic hunting in the US camps on the northern end of the island. It was a blast to dig bullets and sift the trash pits for buttons, glassware, etc. That was 40 years ago and that particular camp area is mostly developed now. Anyway, there have been some good reading recommendations posted here about the campaign. Roanoke and the eastern Carolina maneuvers is a really interesting phase of the war to study.
 
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