Monday, July 22, 2013

July 2013: MOA presents “The Civil War on Hatteras: The Chicamacomico Affair and the Capture of the U.S. Gunboat Fanny”

Contact:  Lori Meads, Educator
Release Date:  Immediate
End Date:  August, 2013
(252) 335-1453

“The Civil War on Hatteras: 
The Chicamacomico Affair and the Capture of the U.S. Gunboat Fanny”
Lee Oxford

Museum of the Albemarle will host Lee Oxford on Friday, August 2, 2013 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.  Mr. Oxford will be signing his recently published book “The Civil War on Hatteras:  The Chicamacomico Affair and the Capture of the U.S. Gunboat Fanny” in the lobby of the Museum.  Mr. Oxford captures the story of how North Carolina’s Hatteras Island was home to many Civil War firsts—among them the first Confederate capture of an armed Union vessel and the first combined amphibious assault of the Confederate Army and Navy. The Confederates’ desire to regain control of this Outer Banks Island and Hatteras Inlet saw the capture of the U.S. gunboat Fanny and led to the famous Chicamacomico Affair at Live Oak encampment. The skirmish featured harrowing acts of valor by the Twentieth Indiana Regiment, as well as a path toward victory for the Confederate forces.  Mr. Oxford not only offers a detailed portrait of the sands of Live Oak but discover in detail a remarkable story of war.
Mr. Oxford is a Research Historian and Genealogist.   His curiosity about his own ancestry led him to invest ten years of tireless inquiry into North Carolina’s early Civil War history.  This investigation has made him the principal authority on two rather unusual 1861 Civil War engagements on the Outer Banks of North Carolina – the Capture of the Union Gunboat Fanny and the subsequent Chicamacomico Affair.  Mr. Oxford’s research has included considerable investigation of early Confederate prisons.

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The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252)335-1453. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays, 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 N.C. 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

About The North Carolina Department of Cultural ResourcesThe North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art; NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state; developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit

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