Monday, May 6, 2013

Confederate Legacy-- Part 11: Wayne County Artillery Units

CO. F, 1ST N.C. ARTILLERY: "ANDREWS BATTERY"

Named for its captain, this unit had 95 men from Wayne County and saw action along the North Carolina coast at Forts Macon and Fisher.  (The last one just got my interest.


CO. I, 1ST N.C. ARTILLERY: 'HERRING'S ARTILLERY"

Also named for its leader and saw most of its action at the fall of Fort Fisher.  Like the previous company, most of its casualties were men who were captured at Fort Fisher and sent to the Union prison camp at Elmira, New York.

This camp was called "Helmira" by those held there and proved to be a death sentence for many because of starvation and disease.  Dozens of men were listed as dying in prison of various illnesses.

Especially shocking was that the war continued only three months after Fort Fisher was captured.

I'll Have to Look Into These Two Units.

And, They Said Andersonville Was Hell.  --Old Secesh

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