Flags Over Hatteras Civil War event rescheduled for April 26-29
Flags Over Hatteras, sponsored by the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
in Hatteras village and other organizations, is a four-day event that
will commemorate the role of the island in the war.
Flags Over Hatteras was first scheduled as a week-long event at the end
of August last year, and it was set to coincide with the 150th
anniversary of the Battle of Forts Clark and Hatteras on Aug. 28-29,
1861. The battle was the first Union naval victory of the Civil War.
However, Hurricane Irene changed those plans, and the celebration was cancelled as the hurricane approached.
Now it has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 26, through Sunday, April 29. Read More
Hatteras Civil War artifacts are on exhibit at Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
As part of the commemoration of the events that
happened 150 years ago on the Outer Banks during the Civil War, the
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras village is featuring an
exhibit with artifacts from the Battle of Forts Clark and Hatteras and
the “Chicamacomico Races.”
The exhibit opened last August just before the Flags Over Hatteras
Event that was cancelled because of Hurricane Irene. The event was
rescheduled for April 26-29, and the exhibit will continue through the
summer. Read More
Pulitizer Prize winning author to speak at Hatteras Civil War commemoration
Pulitzer-prize winning author James McPherson headlines as one of three
featured expert speakers at the upcoming “Flags Over Hatteras” Civil
War sesquicentennial commemoration conference held by the Graveyard of
the Atlantic Museum.
As a part of the April 26 – 29 event, McPherson will present “The
Forgotten War: Coastal North Carolina, 1861-1865” on Friday evening
April 27. Read
The battles for Forts Clark and Hatteras gave the Union its first Civil War victory
Clark and Hatteras were built in 1861 by the Confederates soon after
the start of the Civil War to guard Hatteras Inlet. On Aug.
28-29, 1861, the Union began a merciless bombardment and in two days
time, both forts fell into Union hands. The action gave the Union
its first victory of the war. Read
Dig for Civil War cannons at Hatteras Inlet ends in disappointment
They had maps, ground-penetrating radar images, and historical accounts
all pointing to two buried cannons where the Civil War battle at Fort
Clark raged 150 years ago at Hatteras Inlet.
Early one morning last August, under the direction of Cape Hatteras
National Seashore historian Doug Stover and assisted by Graveyard of
the Atlantic Museum executive director Joseph Schwarzer, Hatteras
Island residents Danny Couch and Mel Covey joined an effort to recover
the historic cannons in time to mark the sesquicentennial of the battle
later that month.
Historic Hatteras Lighthouse lens “lost” during Civil War
original 1854 first-order Fresnel lens was taken out of the Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse and hidden in 1861 by Confederate troops to keep
the beacon from aiding the Union Navy. It was hidden so well that
its whereabouts were unknown until 2002, when a Raleigh author and
historian found it in a most surprising place.
Together again….The story of the reunion of the original Hatteras lighthouse lens and pedestal
original 1854 first-order Fresnel lens, installed in the first Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse, was spirited away by Confederate troops at the
beginning of the Civil War to keep it from the federal
government. Its whereabouts was a mystery until Raleigh author,
filmmaker, and historian located it in a most unlikely place. The lens
was refurbished and put on display at the Graveyard of the Atlantic
Museum in 2005. In 2006, the original pedestal was removed from
the lighthouse and the two were reunited at the museum, where they are
on display in the lobby.