“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Morehead City in Carteret County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Carolina City

A Favorite Resort Stop


— Burnside Expedition —

Carolina City Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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
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Photographed By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
2. Carolina City Marker
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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 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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1941.
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. Located at the Morehead City visitor center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morehead City NC 28557, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camp Glenn (about 400 feet away); 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. Ό mile away); Fort Macon (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hoop Pole Creek (approx. 1½ miles
Bogue Sound image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain
3. Bogue Sound
Bogue Sound in the vicinity of the Federal crossing to Bogue Banks.
away); Hoop Pole Creek: A Coastal Nature Preserve (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map 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.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,024 times since then and 25 times this year. 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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Dec. 10, 2022