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    [Goldsboro Expedition and Campaign]: John Gray Foster Autograph Letter Signed to General Ambrose Burnside Concerning His Ambitious Battle Plans in North Carolina.
    ALS. "J. G. Foster." Four pages, 5" x 8", Newbern, North Carolina; October 27, 1862. In this remarkable letter written to General Burnside, Foster outlines his ambitious military plans in North Carolina. He reports the arrival of three Massachusetts regiments "(nine months men)" and the impending arrival of five more. "This will make up 16 regiments of infantry and with this I shall take Goldsboro, burn the bridges, then take Tarboro (where the rebels are building a gunboat), burn the gunboat, and also the railroad bridge near; then take Hamilton (where the rebels are building 2 ironclads), capture their boats, and, if my force is sufficient, push on up to Weldon. Can you not manage to re-unite the corps, and come down to Suffolk, relieving Gen. Dix. We can make a sure thing on Weldon and perhaps on Petersburg."

    After General Burnside was transferred from command of the Department of North Carolina to Virginia, Foster assumed command. He was promoted to major general of volunteers on July 18, 1862, and led the Goldsboro Expedition. In December, Foster led the Goldsboro campaign, winning two minor battle at Kinston and Goldsboro against inferior confederate forces, resulting in the shutdown of the vital Confederate supply line of the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad for merely two weeks.

    An extraordinary letter from General Foster to General Ambrose Burnside concerning his concerning his ambitious military plans in North Carolina.

    Condition: Letter is in fine condition.

    More Information: John Gray Foster (1823-1874) was a Union general during the Civil War whose most distinguished services were in North and South Carolina. From 1862 to December 1863, Foster commanded the Department of North Carolina. After the Emancipation Proclamation, he appointed Horace James, a Congregational minister, to help freedmen prepare for independent life, and directed a former contraband camp to be developed as the Freedmen's Colony of Roanoke Island.

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