Roanoke Island
Fort Huger
Civil War North Carolina


American Civil War
February 7-8, 1862

On February 7, Brigadier General Ambrose E. Burnside landed 7,500 men on the southwestern side of Roanoke Island in an amphibious operation launched from Fort Monroe.

The next morning, supported by gunboats, the Federals assaulted the Confederate forts on the narrow waist of the island, driving back and out-maneuvering Brigadier General Henry Wise's outnumbered command.

After losing less than 100 men, the Confederate commander on the field, Colonel H.M. Shaw, surrendered about 2,500 soldiers and 32 guns.

Burnside had secured an important outpost on the Atlantic Coast, tightening the blockade.

Result(s): Union victory

Location: Dare County

Campaign: Burnside's North Carolina Expedition (January-July 1862) next battle in campaign

Date(s): February 7-8, 1862

Principal Commanders: Brigadier General Ambrose E. Burnside [US]; Brigadier General Henry Wise [CS]

Forces Engaged: 10,500 total (US 7,500; CS 3,000)

Estimated Casualties: 2,907 total (US 37K/214W/13M; CS 23K/58W/62M/2,500 captured)

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