Most Americans are unaware of the numerous Civil War “firsts” that occurred on Hatteras Island in late August 1861. These include the first union victory of the war, the first African Americans to see action, the first “safe haven” for runaway slaves in North Carolina, the first amphibious assault of the Civil War, and the first combined military operation of the Civil War. Civil War historians acknowledge that the battle of Hatteras inlet was the largest naval bombardment known to mankind up until that time.
Three of the nation’s premier civil war historians will be the featured speakers at Flags Over Hatteras, sesquicentennial event scheduled on Hatteras Island for August 25th- 27th 2011. These three featured historians are Pulitzer Prize winning historian, Dr. James McPherson, Ed Bearss, Chief historian emeritus of the national park service, and Craig Simonds, professor emeritus of the US Naval Academy. An additional feature will be an exceptional artifact collection directly related to Civil War events on Hatteras Island in 1861.
Family events open to the public include living history programs of artillery demonstrations, regimental drills and camp life on the grounds of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. With a full Civil War Fashion Show on site and children’s games from the era, there will be something entertaining for the whole family. Never before has there been a permitted living history program on the Cape Hatteras grounds by National Park Service. You don’t want to miss this event!
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