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Morehead City in Carteret County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Carolina City
A Favorite Resort Stop

Burnside Expedition
 
Carolina City Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
1. Carolina City Marker
 
Inscription. Carolina City was a small settlement established in 1855. It contained a post office, a turpentine distillery, and the large Carolina Hotel, a favorite resort stop for visitors from New Bern arriving by rail or steamship. During the Civil War, the 7th North Carolina regiment occupied nearby Camp Argyle from October 3 to December 4, 1861. From November 26, 1861, to January 26, 1862, the 26th North Carolina's winter quarters were at Camp Vance east of the town. During that winter, the Confederates used the Carolina Hotel as a hospital.

In March 1862, as U.S. forces advanced from New Bern to capture Fort Macon, a Confederate detachment from the fort burned anything that would be useful to the Federals, including the turpentine works, the winter quarters at Camp Vance, and the Carolina Hotel. On March 22, Union Gen. John G. Parke's brigade of Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's Coastal Division occupied Carolina City, where Parke established his headquarters for the siege of Fort Macon. Parke's troops were then ferried across Bogue Sound to a base camp at Hoop Pole Creek for operations against the fort. A rail spur line carried heavy siege guns to the town wharf, where barges transported them across the sound to Bogue Banks. Parke's forces captured Fort Macon on April 26, 1862. The war left Carolina City, described as "containing fifty to one
 
Carolina City Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
2. Carolina City Marker
 
hundred inhabitants, a few respectable dwellings and the ruins of a large hotel," devastated and financially ruined. It was eventually absorbed into Morehead City.
 
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
 
Location. 34° 43.418′ N, 76° 45.056′ W. Marker is in Morehead City, North Carolina, in Carteret County. Marker can be reached from Arendell Street (U.S. 70), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located at the Morehead City visitor center. Marker is in this post office area: Morehead City NC 28557, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Glenn (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Siege of Fort Macon (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Carolina City (approx. 0.2 miles away); N.C. State Highway Patrol (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Macon (approx. 0.7 miles away); Union Artillery (approx. 4 miles away); Model 1841 6-pounder Field Cannon (approx. 4.5 miles away); Welcome to Fort Macon (approx. 4.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Morehead City.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is a portrait of Gen. Parke. On the right are a set of sketches. Two of these, drawn by Corporal Joseph E. Shadeck, 8th Connecticut Infantry, show Carolina City and Chimneys of burned Camp Vance. The last sketch, on the lower right, shows Carolina City looking East, spur railroad and town wharf in the distance at the right.
 
Bogue Sound Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain
3. Bogue Sound
Bogue Sound in the vicinity of the Federal crossing to Bogue Banks.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 550 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on May 28, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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