Saturday, January 19, 2008


(Elizabeth City, NC) - The Museum of the Albemarle will host the annual Civil War Living History Day on Saturday, February 9th from 9:00am to 4:00pm. This event commemorates the Battle of Elizabeth City fought on February 10, 1862. Military events of the day include demonstrations of artillery firing, mustering of the troops, drills of the soldier, a working steam engine and a medical interpretation. Reenactor groups presenting include: Carolina Living History Guild, and the CSS Virginia. The Tar Heel Civilians will present the civilian aspect of the wartime era.

Hands on activities include 19th century try-on clothes with Mrs. Whorton of CSS Virginia, historic dancing with Robert Archer and MOA's Junior Docents will demonstrate 19th Century Games and Pastimes. Local historians Alex Leary and Charles McDonald will Display artifacts from the Battle of South Mills site. Bruce Long will be presenting Battles of Elizabeth City and South Mills, which includes artillery and a video of an artillery drill. Access to his three local Civil War web sites will be available. (Photo to the left: North Carolina Naval Squadron demonstrates the art of firing a cannon at Waterfront Park during 2007 Civil War Living History Day.)

Other displays will include uniforms, buttons, Confederate Navy Cutlasses and much more.

Presentations in the Gaither Auditorium include historian Peter Rascoe’s lecture on Company L (NC State Guards) of the 17 Regimen at 10:00 am and at 1:00 pm author Chris Meekins will present his work entitled: Elizabeth City North Carolina and the Civil War: A History of Battle and Occupation. A book signing and a chance to visit with the author will follow. (Photo to the right: Ships Company of the Roanoke musters new troops and runs them through the drills of a soldier during MOA’s 2007 Civil War Living History Day.)

For more information go to, or call 252-335-1453.

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