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Established in 1937, Canal Wood is the largest independent timber merchant in the Southeast, specializing in timber management, harvesting, marketing, sales and transportation.  Canal serves landowners and mills in NC, SC, VA, TN, GA, AL and FL with sustainable forestry services, unmatched responsiveness and premier customer service. We specialize in virtually all types of timber, from veneer logs to sawtimber, chip-n-saw, pulpwood, fuel chips and beyond. Canal is proud to be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in recognition of our responsible forest management practices. For landowners, we strive to promote sustainability by recommending proper timber harvesting rotation, tree thinning, and reforestation. All of our professional foresters strive to achieve the proper balance between environmental stewardship and making the most from each landowner’s stands.

If you are interested in or have any questions about Canal Wood and our expert timber marketing and management services, we encourage you to contact us today.  Call Boyd McLaurin at 910-217-0189 or by email at


Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.





Principal Confederate fort on Roanoke Island. Mounted twelve guns. Surrendered Feb. 8, 1862.

During late January, 1862, a Federal land-sea expedition assembled at Hatteras Inlet to take Roanoke Island and capture control of the North Carolina sound region. The force was under the joint command of General Ambrose Burnside and navy Flag-Officer Louis Goldsborough. After several delays due to bad weather, the Union fleet, consisting of numerous troop transports and more than 20 war vessels, arrived at the southern end of Roanoke Island.

     On February 7, 1862, Federal ships began a bombardment of the three Confederate earthen forts (the others were Fort Bartow and Fort Blanchard) on the west side of Roanoke Island. Fort Huger was the northernmost and largest of the forts with twelve guns mounted in its sand parapets. The forts were designed to protect the mainland from Federal invasion and to complement obstructions placed in the channel. Forts Huger and Blanchard were not actively engaged in the Battle of Roanoke Island and were ineffective in the battle because the Union fleet maintained a safe distance relative to the range of the cannons placed at those forts.

     The first shot of the battle was fired from Fort Bartow’s guns and it was subsequently bombarded by the Federal forces. The Confederate fleet, under Captain W. F. Lynch, waited to engage the Federals behind a line of obstructions placed in Croatan Sound to retard the Federal advance. However, the Confederates, after a sharp engagement which was ended only by darkness, were forced to retire due to lack of ammunition.

     On February 8, 1862, the Federal fleet again bombarded various positions on Roanoke Island including the earthen forts in support of General Burnside’s land offensive. After the Union victory on the afternoon of February 8, a detachment of Federal ships under Commodore S. C. Rowan was sent into Albemarle Sound in pursuit of the Confederate fleet. As a consequence, Union forces were in control of most of the inland waters of northeastern North Carolina.