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Shifting LoyaltiesThe Union Occupation of Eastern North Carolina$
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Judkin Browning

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834688

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877722_browning

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The Beginning of Military Occupation

The Beginning of Military Occupation

(p.55) Chapter 3 The Beginning of Military Occupation
Shifting Loyalties

Judkin Browning

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter illustrates the excitement and dread felt by the town when news came out that Union soldiers had disembarked from ships on the Neuse River about ten miles south of New Bern. The residents had been anticipating this moment for several months. In January, newspaper editors complained that rumors of a Yankee landing fueled a “cruel and unnecessary panic now raging in our town, crushing up furniture and driving crowds of people from their homes.” In February, the Bank of New Bern stopped accepting North Carolina Treasury notes, fearing that Union capture would render them worthless. Even the weather seemed to portend something ominous; on March 6 it snowed all day in New Bern—a rare occurrence. As if divining disaster from the heavenly signs, citizens hustled to load up on supplies.

Keywords:   Union soldiers, Neuse River, New Bern, Yankee landing, Union capture

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