Battle of Roanoke Island

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Battle of Roanoke Island
Fort Huger
Began:

February 7, 1862

Ended:

February 8, 1862

Location:

Dare County, North Carolina

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Burnside’s North Carolina Expedition

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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Coastal Division
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron

6 CSA infantry units
CSN "Mosquito Fleet"

Commanders

Ambrose Burnside
Brigadier General, CSA

Henry Wise
Brigadier General, CSA

Strength

7,500

3,000

Casualties

264
Killed: 37
Wounded: 214
Missing: 13

143
Killed: 23
Wounded: 58
Missing: 62
Captured: 2,500

  

On February 7, Brig. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside landed 7,500 men on the southwestern side of Roanoke Island in an amphibious operation launched from Fort Monroe. The next morning, supported by gunboats, the Federals assaulted the Confederate forts on the narrow waist of the island, driving back and out-maneuvering Brig. Gen. Henry Wise’s outnumbered command. After losing less than 100 men, the Confederate commander on the field, Col. H.M. Shaw, surrendered about 2,500 soldiers and 32 guns. Burnside had secured an important outpost on the Atlantic Coast, tightening the blockade. (NPS summary)

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