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In North Carolina, New York troops burn the town of Winton on the Chowan River

Hertford County, North Carolina, 1857
02/20/1862
The day before, U.S. Naval gunboats on the Chowan River had been lured towards shore by ruse near Winton, in Hertford County, North Carolina and subjected to heavy fire. Returning the next day to find the town abandoned, men from the 9th New York Infantry burned it in reprisal.  This was the first such instance in the state and news of the destruction was not well received universally, even in New York.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 20.
Thomas Parramore, “The Burning of Winton,” North Carolina Historical Review (Winter 1962): pp.18-31. 

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