2011 marks the beginning of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War. As Americans across the nation commemorate the war and attempt to interpret its effects. Join the Outer Banks community in a series of events designed to recognize little known events early in the war that had national significance.
Events kick-off August 25, 2011 in Hatteras, N.C. with a conference featuring nationally known speakers, sponsored by the Flags Over Hatteras: The Civil War on the Outer Banks 150th Anniversary Committee of the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Speakers, will include, nationally known scholars: Dr. James McPherson, professor Princeton University and writer of the Pulitzer Prize winning Battle Cry of Freedom, Dr. Craig Symonds, retired professor Naval War College, and NPS historian-emeritus Ed Bearss. Descendants of the participants will be available to tell the “human side” of the battle as well.
During the weekend the Civil War will come alive as Union and Confederate soldiers as well as local civilians will camp at the base of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, bringing history to life through accurate portrayals and demonstrations. A fantastic array of artifacts from across the nation will be on display at the Graveyard of the Atlantic museum. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, including schedules and reservations check http://www.flagsoverhatteras.com.
Fort Clark and Fort Hatteras, their capture was significant for a couple reasons. First was to give control of Hatteras Inlet to Federal forces. And second, it was the first amphib operation of the war.
February should be interesting and I'm wondering if Roanoke Island will have an observance in place. The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Roanoke Island.
So much happened on the NC coast early in the war that was of significance to the war and yet is largely ignored. It's good to hear at least some of it is going to be pushed forth for the sesquicentennial so that folks who've never even heard of these events can learn that there's more to the war than just Ft. Sumter, Bull Run (Manassas), Antietam, Gettysburg, Shiloh, Fredericksburg, Vicsburg, Petersburg, the March to the Sea, Fort Donnelson, the Pennisula, and Appomatox Courthouse. Not to mention that NC also saw it's share of fighting during the war.