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In North Carolina, Confederate troops defend the locks of the Dismal Swamp Canal from demolition

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04/19/1862
Brigadier General Jesse Reno was dispatched, with around two thousand Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts infantry, to destroy the Dismal Swamp Canal locks around South Mills, North Carolina to prevent the movement of shipping into the Albermarle Sound.  They occupied Elizabeth City the night before but were met by Georgia infantrymen under Colonel Ambrose Wright.  The Union troops drove the enemy from the field but were nevertheless forced to withdraw, their mission unfulfilled.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1862), IV: 93.

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