“They … could not believe there was any danger till it was upon them”: March 8, 1865, Wyse Fork

Although one of the largest engagements in North Carolina during the Civil War, the Battle of Wyse Fork is overshadowed by the larger battle of Bentonville.  Though some  some 120 miles northeast of Major-General William T. Sherman’s columns on March 8, 1865, Wyse Fork was a direct result of logistic needs for the Federals operatingContinue reading ““They … could not believe there was any danger till it was upon them”: March 8, 1865, Wyse Fork”

January 13, 1865: Palmer to Sherman, “the whole country is rubbing its hands over you….”

Through most of 1864, Brigadier-General Innis N. Palmer held command of forces posted to various garrisons in eastern North Carolina.  The “District of North Carolina” was formally a part of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina.  For much of the last year, the district guarded against any Confederate attempt to break the status quoContinue reading “January 13, 1865: Palmer to Sherman, “the whole country is rubbing its hands over you….””