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The Civil War in North Carolina
North Carolina Ordinance of Secession
Confederate Order of Secession
June 3, 1850
June 12, 1850
Nashville Convention - 9 slave states hold a convention to determine their best course of action if the Compromise of 1850 passes. Louisiana
Arkansas
North Carolina
Florida
Texas
South Carolina
Mississippi
Georgia
Alabama
  Compromise of 1850
  Nashville Convention of 1850 [Resolutions]
  Nashville Convention of 1850
  Robert Barnwell Rhett
February 28, 1861 North Carolina voters reject the call for a secessionist convention by 651 votes. North Carolina
April 27, 1861 Lincoln extends the blockade to include Virginia and North Carolina Virginia
North Carolina
  Abraham Lincoln
May 13, 1861 North Carolina elects delegates to the Secession Convention North Carolina
May 20, 1861 Delegates to the North Carolina Secession Convention vote to withdraw from the Union North Carolina
  Confederate Order of Secession
  North Carolina Ordinance of Secession
June 21, 1861 North Carolina Secession Convention votes to unfurl a new flag, a blue field with red and white bars with an insignia and two dates: May 20th, 1775 (Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence) and May 20th, 1861 (Secession from the United States). North Carolina
August 26, 1861 General Benjamin Butler leads a successful amphibious landing on Cape Hatteras North Carolina
August 27, 1861 Union forces take fortifications on Cape Hatteras North Carolina
February 7, 1862
February 8, 1862
Battle of Roanoke Island

Ambrose Burnside captures Roanoke Island with an amphibious force, taking some 2,765 Confederates as prisoners
North Carolina
  Ambrose Burnside
February 10, 1862 Securing Roanoke Island, Ambrose Burnside's navy destroys a small squadron of Confederate vessels in Pamlico Sound. North Carolina
  Ambrose Burnside
March 14, 1862 Battle of New Bern (sometimes called Newberne)

Ambrose Burnsides [US] captures the city
North Carolina
  Ambrose Burnside
March 23, 1862 John Parke [US] demands the surrender of Fort Macon on the coast of North Carolina. When the Confederates refuse, he lays siege to the fort North Carolina
April 25, 1862 General John C. Parke [US] bombards Fort Macon, near Beaufort, following a month-long siege of the fort. Colonel Moses White had no choice but to surrender. North Carolina
December 11, 1862
December 20, 1862
Commonly known as the Goldsboro Expedition, the Union Army in North Carolina under John G. Foster pushes into the state in an attempt to sever railroad supply lines to Virginia. North Carolina
December 14, 1862 Battle of Kinston North Carolina
December 17, 1862 Battle of Goldsboro Bridge North Carolina
December 30, 1862 The U. S. S. Monitor founders in heavy seas off Cape Hatteras. 16 men die and the remaining are rescued by the Rhode Island, her escort. The boat is towed to port. North Carolina
February 25, 1863 Major General Daniel Harvey Hill [CS] assumes command of all North Carolina forces North Carolina
  Daniel Harvey Hill
January 2, 1864 The Confederate Congress confirms George Davis's (no relation) appointment to Attorney-General North Carolina
April 20, 1864 Culminating a three-day attack that included the appearence of the new Confederate ironclad ram Albemarle, General R. F. Hoke captures Plymouth, North Carolina and a large amount of badly needed supplies. Federal losses totaled 2800 men. North Carolina
January 13, 1865
January 15, 1865
Attack on Fort Fisher

Admiral David Porter attacks the Conderate fort on Cape Fear with the largest fleet ever assembled to that time. General Alfred Terry lands an amphibious force which captures the fort
North Carolina
  David Porter
February 22, 1865 Following a bombardment by gunboats under the command of Rear Admiral David Porter, William T. Sherman captures Wilmington North Carolina
  David Porter
  William Tecumseh Sherman
February 22, 1865 General Robert E. Lee appoints Joe Johnston as commander of the only other effective fighting force in what remains of the Confederate States of America, in North Carolina North Carolina
  Robert E. Lee
  Joseph E. Johnston
February 25, 1865 Joe Johnston assumes command of the Confederate Army in North Carolina North Carolina
  Joseph E. Johnston
March 8, 1865
March 10, 1865
Battle of Kinston North Carolina
March 10, 1865 Now near Fayetteville, North Carolina, the major impediment to Sherman's Army march north was rain. North Carolina
  William Tecumseh Sherman
March 11, 1865 Sherman captures Fayetteville North Carolina
  William Tecumseh Sherman
March 14, 1865 General Jacob Cox occupies Kinston North Carolina
March 16, 1865 Battle of Averasborough (Taylor's Hole)

William Hardee tries to halt the federal advance near this small town. Slocum easily turned his flank.
North Carolina
  Lafayette McLaws
  William Hardee
March 19, 1865
March 21, 1865
Battle of Bentonville

William Hardee, D. H. Hill and A. P. Stewart combine to attack Slocum's wing on the federal advance. In spite of initial gains they are repulsed. Sherman reinforces Slocum on the second day and Slocum nearly enveloped the Confederate forces on the third day.
North Carolina
  Lafayette McLaws
  Joseph E. Johnston
  William Tecumseh Sherman
  William Hardee
  Daniel Harvey Hill
April 24, 1865 General William T. Sherman [US] learns of President Johnson's rejection of his surrender terms to Joe Johnston. General Grant, who personally delivered the message, orders Sherman to commence operations against Johnson within 48 hours. Sherman is incensed but obeys orders. North Carolina
  Joseph E. Johnston
  William Tecumseh Sherman
  Andrew Johnson
May 29, 1865 President Andrew Johnson appoints William Holden as provisional governor of North Carolina, a blueprint for his plans of Presidential Reconstruction. Holden was instructed to call a constitutional convention of men who had signed an oath of allegiance to the United States. North Carolina
November 9, 1865 North Carolina declares the secession ordinance of 1861 null and void North Carolina
April 2, 1866 The United States declares that a state of peace exists with Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Alabama
Georgia
Mississippi
Tennessee
South Carolina
Virginia
Florida
North Carolina
Arkansas
Louisiana
December 14, 1866 North Carolina rejects the 14th Amendment North Carolina
  14th Amendment
June 25, 1868 Congress passes congressional representation for North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Louisiana over President Andrew Johnson's veto Alabama
Georgia
South Carolina
Florida
North Carolina
Louisiana
  Andrew Johnson
July 4, 1868 North Carolina ratifies the 14th Amendment North Carolina
  14th Amendment

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