Friday, January 28, 2011

February 2011: Museum Civil War Living History Day

Museum Civil War Living History Day

Battle to be Commemorated

(Elizabeth City, NC) The Museum of the Albemarle will present a Civil War Living History Day, Saturday, February 12 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to commemorate the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Elizabeth City, fought February 10, 1862. Demonstrations, mustering of the troops and artillery and musket firing will occur on The Green and at Waterfront Park as part of the day’s events. Members of the Tar Heel Civilians, a North Carolina Civil War reenactment group will be presenting programs that bring the civilian aspect of the wartime era to the public. This event will explore the hardships and deprivation of the War by featuring living history presentations by navy and artillery, and civilian re-enactors. Have your 19th Century wet plate portrait made by photographer Chris Morgan - $20 for a ¼ plate, $40 for a ½ plate. Enjoy the music of the Tar River Dulcimers from noon to 3:30 pm Junior Docents will engage children in hands-on-history activities all day that include dances, games and chores of the period.

Many personal collections of Civil War era artifacts will be on display in the lobby. New displays include Union identification badges, the equivalent of modern day dog tags, and imported arms and equipment from England. Presentations from local historians include: Alex Leary: Camden Troops, Wild's Expedition, and the escape from the Maple Leaf table (1863); Bruce Long the Fletcher GAR Post #20 in Elizabeth City that was composed of former USCT (United States Colored Troops) members and the USCT markers in Oak Grove Cemetery. Chris Meekins covers Unionist soldiers and buffaloes. Marvin T. Jones of the Chowan Discovery Group will discuss the story of the USCT of the Winton Triangle area in Hertford County. Other displays include: Battle of South Mills, artifacts, and photo albums (1863) manned by Charles McDonald; Jerry Roxbury confederate naval swords and cutlasses and Larry Floyd side arms of the Union Navy, and many more. There will be three lectures on Saturday. Beginning at 10:00 am, Civil War historian Howard Draper will present “The Butler Expedition of 1861.” At 11:00 am, author and chairman of the “Flags over Hatteras” committee Drew Pullen’s talk is entitled “The Civil War on Hatteras Island,” followed by a book signing. At 2:00 pm, Chris Meekins, Correspondence Archivist, NC Office of Archives and History will present “An Unexpected Tour of Duty: NC Soldiers at Governor’s Island Prison.”

Programming will continue Sunday, February 13 at 2:30 pm with a presentation by Dr. Bob Smith on “William Francis Lynch before the Battle of Elizabeth City.” February 6, 1962 Lynch was the commander of nine gunboats that opposed the Union expedition against Roanoke Island. Lynch and the Confederate forces retreated to Elizabeth City, where on the 10th the Union forces annihilated them. This is a free event. More information is available by calling the education department at 252-335-1453.

The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through 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 within the NC. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at

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