Pitch Landing

(Hertford County)

Featured Character – The Home Front

Group of Commissary Clerks

Courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress

Pitch Landing, a Confederate commissary in Hertford County along the Chowan River, was targeted by Union troops  December 2–6, 1864. Union troops took a large amount of goods including pork, coffee, salt, candles, and beef that were intended for Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. The most valuable of the provisions, 85 bales of cotton, were also taken while warehouses were burned and horses shot.