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In their new book, The Battle of New Bern, Richard Sauers and Will Gorges present new information and perspectives on the battle and Civil War history. The book offers much greater detail of how the battle was fought, won by Union forces, and the aftermath.
In 1862, Rufus A. Soule joined the New Bedford City Guards and was assigned to Company E of the Third Regiment. Through a diary and 65 letters written to his wife Susan, Rufus gives a picture of the life of a Union soldier stationed in and around New Bern during the Civil War.
Major General John D. Foster secured Union troops in New Bern by March 1863, and announced plans for a celebration on the fourteenth to commemorate their victory at New Bern just one year before. Unexpectedly, Major General D.H. Hill, commander of all Confederate troops in North Carolina, attacked New Bern and other Federal positions along the coast.
General Robert E. Lee organized a plan for the Confederate army to attack New Bern on February 1, 1864. The attack plan was assigned to Major General George E. Pickett who successfully led troops to invade the area and execute a diversion.
From March 1862 to the end of the Civil War, New Bern, was occupied by Northern troops. Although many citizens fled, New Bern became a haven for runaway slaves and freed African Americans.