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The Battle of Camden

April 19, 1862 in Camden, North Carolina

Union Forces Commanded by
Brig. Gen. Jesse Lee Reno
Strength Killed Wounded Missing/Captured
± ? 12 98 ?
Confederate Forces Commanded by
Col. Ambrose Wright
Strength Killed Wounded Missing/Captured
± ? 6 19 ?
Conclusion: Inconclusive / Draw
Burnside's North carolina Expedition

Learning that the Confederates were building ironclads at Norfolk, Burnside planned an expedition to destroy the Dismal Swamp Canal locks to prevent transfer of the ships to Albemarle Sound. He entrusted the operation to Brig. Gen. Jesse Lee Reno's command, which embarked on transports from Roanoke Island on April 18.
By midnight, the convoy reached Elizabeth City and began disembarking troops.

On April 19, in the morning, Reno marched north on the road to South Mills. At the crossroads a few miles below South Mills, elements of Col. Ambrose Wright's command delayed the Federals until dark. Reno abandoned the expedition and withdrew during the night to the transports at Elizabeth City. The transports carried Reno's troops to New Berne where they arrived on April 22.

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