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North Carolinians in the Era of the Civil War and Reconstruction$
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Paul D. Escott

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832226

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837269_escott

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A More Rigorous Style of Warfare: Wild's Raid, Guerrilla Violence, and Negotiated Neutrality in Northeastern North Carolina

A More Rigorous Style of Warfare: Wild's Raid, Guerrilla Violence, and Negotiated Neutrality in Northeastern North Carolina

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(p.37) A More Rigorous Style of Warfare: Wild's Raid, Guerrilla Violence, and Negotiated Neutrality in Northeastern North Carolina
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North Carolinians in the Era of the Civil War and Reconstruction
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Barton A. Myers

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807837269_escott.5

This chapter focuses on Union brigadier general and Massachusetts abolitionist Edward Augustus Wild, who underwent a major change during the final days of December 1863. When he sat down on December 28 to pen the official account of his recent operation into Pasquotank, Camden, and Currituck counties, part of the Albemarle region in rural northeastern North Carolina, Wild tried desperately to explain—in eighteen handwritten pages and three appendices—his aggravation with waging counter-guerrilla war on the southern home front. He had just led the first major Civil War operation in the eastern theater using a full brigade of African American troops in a counter-guerrilla effort against companies of Confederate irregulars, and by the general's account, his men had done their duty well.

Keywords:   Massachusetts abolitionist, Edward Augustus Wild, counter-guerrilla war, southern home front, Civil War operation, African American troops

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