Re: 1st Regiment NC Union Vol.
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Page 64, Lincoln’s Loyalists: Union Soldiers from the Confederacy by Richard Nelson Current:
General Ambrose E. Burnside, with a large amphibious expedition, succeeded in taking Roanoke Island in February and New Bern in March 1862. On reaching the mainland, the Union officers found ample confirmation of the rumored loyalism. “The hearts of the people of North Carolina are not with the rebels; the woods and swamps are full of refugees fleeing from the terror of conscription,” Commodore S.C. Rowan reported from New Bern. “The people say they won’t fight us, and I they must fight it will be on our side.”
Burnside soon decided to enlist such men as were available. “I have authorized the organization of the First North Carolina Union Volunteers,” he wrote from his New Bern headquarters to the Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton on May 5, 1862. “The movement was initiated by the Union men in and about Washington [N.C.], and I have encouraged it to the extent of feeding, clothing, and arming.”
Mr. Current’s source:
Wayne K. Durrill, War of Another Kind: A Southernm Community in the Great Rebellion (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. Pp. 43-44, 53-56, 67.
"How terribly the inhabitants of the revolted states must suffer and yet we cannot have peace honorably until many more young men are slain or mangled to maintain the honor and dignity of the nation. Oh, what a deluded race of people we are and yet think ourselves enlightened and civilized. Shame on us."
Capt. George K. Pardee, 42nd Ohio Infantry.