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R. H. Bacot Letters


Richard H. Bacot served as an officer ofC.S.S. Charleston andC.S.S. Neuse during the Civil War.His letters describe military operations in and around Kinston, N.C., during 1864 and early 1865.

Title

R. H. Bacot Letters

Collection Number

P.C. 1207.1

Date(s)

1864 - 1865

Language

English

Physical Description
Items
7
Abstract

Richard H. Bacot served as an officer of  C.S.S. Charleston and  C.S.S. Neuse during the Civil War.

His letters describe military operations in and around Kinston, N.C., during 1864 and early 1865.

Physical Location

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Creator

Bacot, Richard H.

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Available for research.


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Processed by Don Lennon, January 1967

Encoded by Dietra Stanley, November, 2005


Richard H. Bacot served as an officer of  C.S.S. Charleston and  C.S.S. Neuse during the Civil War.


Richard H. Bacot served as an officer of  C.S.S. Charleston and  C.S.S. Neuse during the Civil War.


[Identification of item], PC.1207, R. H. Bacot Letters, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


August 18, 1964, letters of R. H. Bacot, l864-l865, 7 items. Given by Confederate Centennial Commission, Raleigh, North Carolina.


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://www.ncarchives.dcr.state.nc.us.

  1. Abstracts from this correspondence appear in an article by William N. Still, Jr. titled  "The Career of the Confederate Ironclad  Neuse," in the  North Carolina Historical Review, XLIII (1966), 1-13. Several other letters of Bacot, written during the period when he served aboard  C.S.S. Charleston, are in the Caroliniana Library, U.S.C., Columbia, South Carolina.

Richard H. Bacot's letters describe military operations in and around Kinston, N. C., during 1864 and early 1865. The first letter predates his assignment to  Neuse and describes the January, 1864, attack upon the Union forces at New Bern. The remainder of the correspondence tells the construction of  "the Neuse-ance" (as he termed it), grounding of the ship on a sandbar and its later refloating, prospects for winning the war, departure of troops from Kinston, destruction of  Neuse, and the 1865 campaign in North Carolina (Wilmington, Bentonville, and Goldsboro). Other subjects of interest include social activities in and around Kinston; family news; and the discovery of the  "Heroes of America," a subversive organization made up of followers of W. W. Holden.

Typescript copies of the letters have been prepared, and they are filed with the originals in the collection.


  • Holden, W. W. (William Woods), 1818-1892.
  • Heroes of America (Society)
  • Neuse (Ship)
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Military life.
  • Kinston (N.C.)
  • Letters (correspondence)