(Elizabeth City, NC) The Museum of the Albemarle will feature three lectures on Saturday, February 6th during the Museum’s Civil War Living History Day. Beginning at 10:00 am Bruce Long: will present The Destruction of the "Mosquito Fleet". The small force of lightly armed Confederate vessels that helped defend the North Carolina coast and inland waterways that were all but destroyed during the Union’s Burnside Expedition.
Mr. Long is a 7th grade science teacher at Camden Middle School with over 22 years of teaching experience, a graduate of Old Dominion University with masters degrees from East Carolina University.
At 11:00 am Jason Madre will focus on the history of the C.S.S. Appomattox as a Confederate gunboat, its life before the war as a civilian tug, its demise, and subsequent discovery in the Dismal Swamp. The presentation will include a recently-discovered period illustration, current drawings of the wreckage, pictures of artifacts and a few photographs of his dive team working on the excavation of the site. Mr. Madre has been diving in black water for fourteen years, and holds a degree in history from NC State University.
At 1:00 pm Ronnie Woolard will talk on "The Impact of Chaplains on Civil War Soldiers." Mr. Woolard reveals the little told story of both Union and Confederate chaplains and their service, difficulties, duties and dedication during the Civil War. This talk will also be presented on Sunday, February 8 at 2:00 pm.
Ronnie Woolard is a native of Washington, North Carolina. He attended Mid-Atlantic Christian University (formerly Roanoke Bible College) in Elizabeth City, North Carolina graduating summa cum laude in 1972. Mr. Woolard joined the faculty at MACU in 1974 and served as Chairman of the Bible/Theology Department for twenty years. He completed a Master of Divinity degree in Theology from Cincinnati Christian Seminary, and serves on a number of administrative committees.
These talks will complement the Museum’s other events of the Civil War Living History Day, Saturday, February 7.
The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums, Department of Cultural Resources, State of North Carolina. Treasure NC Culture. www.ncculture.com