Voices from the Invaders

The Burnside Expedition

"The general commanding congratulates his troops on their brilliant and successful occupation of Roanoke Island. The courage and steadiness they have shown under fire is what he expected from them, and he accepts it as a token of future victory. Each regiment on the island will inscribe on its banner, 'Roanoke Island, February 8, 1862.' . . . . By command of Brig. Gen. A. E. Burnside."
  Lewis Richmond, U.S. Army, Assistant Adjutant-General, Headquarters, Department of North Carolina, February 9, 1862

"[A] combined attack upon this island was commenced on the morning of the 7th by the naval and military forces of this expedition, which has resulted in the capture if six forts, forty guns, over 2,000 prisoners, and upward of 3,000 small-arms . . . . The whole work was finished on the afternoon of the 8th instant, after a hard day's fighting, by a brilliant charge on the battery in the center of the island and a rapid pursuit of the enemy to the north end of the island . . . . Our men fought bravely, and have endured most manfully the harships incident to fighting through swamps and dense thickets . . . . I owe everything to Generals [John G.] Foster, [Jesse L.] Reno, and [John G.] Parke . . . . I am most happy to say that I have just received a message from Commodore [L. M.] Goldsborough, stating that the expedition of the gunboats against Elizabeth City and the rebel fleet has been entirely sucessful."
  Brig. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, U.S. Army, commanding Department of North Carolina, reporting on the Battle of Roanoke Island, N.C., February 10, 1862


Return to Invading Voices

In Their Own Words ...

Memoirs of William T. Sherman