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The Civil War in America: Hatteras Spit, with the wreck of the City of New York on the... 1862. Creator: Unknown

The Civil War in America: Hatteras Spit, with the wreck of the City of New York on the... 1862. Creator: Unknown


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The Civil War in America: Hatteras Spit, with the wreck of the City of New York on the... 1862. Creator: Unknown

The Civil War in America: Hatteras Spit, with the wreck of the City of New York on the bar in the distance - from a sketch by our special artist, 1862. My vessel was the Picket, a screw, the smallest in the fleet, on which General Burnside had established his head-quarters...when we had got six miles down the roads towards Cape Henry, the General gave instructions to our Captain to shape his course for Hatteras, and then, for the first time, I became aware of our destination. We were to pass over the bulkhead of Pamlico Sound and attack the Confederate position at Roanoke Island...Day broke with a leaden sky, against which the angry, white-crested waves raced their mad career over the reefs of Cape Hatteras, that threw its headland oceanwards but eight miles distant...On the 14th, the day after our arrival, the City of New York struck on the bar, and in a short time became a total wreck...Fortunately, the crew and those on board were saved in surf-boats, but three other poor fellows attempting to reach the harbour in a launch from a weather-bound vessel outside got capsized in the breakers, and sank before our eyes...The three lost were the mate of the ship and the Colonel and doctor of the New Jersey regiment'. From "Illustrated London News", 1862

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This evocative image captures the treacherous waters of Hatteras Spit during the American Civil War, with the wreck of the City of New York visible in the distance. The City of New York, a merchant ship, ran agground on the bar in 1862 while attempting to navigate the treacherous waters off the coast of North Carolina. The photograph, created from a sketch by an unknown artist for the Illustrated London News, depicts the ominous and stormy conditions that led to the ship's demise. The scene takes place during the Union's assault on Roanoke Island, with General Ambrose Burnside's headquarters aboard the Picket, a small screw steamship. The Union fleet had set sail from Hampton Roads, Virginia, with the destination hidden from the crew until they were six miles down the roads towards Cape Henry. As they approached Hatteras Spit, the leaden sky and angry, white-crested waves raced over the reefs, throwing Hatteras Headland only eight miles distant. Tragically, on the 14th of the same year, the City of New York struck the bar and became a total wreck. The crew and passengers were fortunate to be saved in surf-boats, but three unfortunate souls attempting to reach the harbor in a launch from a weather-bound vessel outside were capsized and drowned in the breakers. Among the lost were the mate of the ship and the Colonel and doctor of the New Jersey regiment. This haunting image serves as a poignant reminder of the perils of the sea and the risks faced by those who served during the American Civil War.

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