October 22, 2010

Hatteras will be first in the state to honor 150th Civil War anniversary




North Carolina’s first Civil War Sesquicentennial event was announced this month by the Flags Over Hatteras Committee and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum for August, 2011, in Hatteras village.

The event will feature nationally known historians, a Blue-Gray Descendants Reunion, living history displays, and exhibits.

“We’re proud to host the first sesquicentennial commemoration for the state,” said Committee Chairman Drew Pullen. “Hatteras was the site for many significant events: the first Union victory of the war, the first joint forces operation, and the first known instance of African American soldiers firing upon Confederates, among many other major points.”

In the conference, award-winning authors James McPherson and Craig Symonds and National Park Service Chief Historian Ed Bearss headline as speakers on the battles and time period.

Event details include:

  • Major exhibits – Aug. 22-28 – Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
  • Blue-Gray Descendants Reunion – Aug. 22-24 – Hatteras Village Civic Center
  • Flags over Hatteras Conference – Aug. 25-27 – Hatteras Village Civic Center
  • Exhibits and demonstrations – Aug. 27-28 – Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
The battles at Hatteras began on Aug. 28, 1861.

“This first victory was extremely important for the Union,” speaker Ed Bearss said. “It stopped privateering and blockade runners from gaining access to the sea. It gave the Union direct access to the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds, allowing the Union to penetrate deep into North Carolina.”

Additional speakers include historian Harold “Hari” Dean Jones and hatmaker and re-enactor “Dirty Billy.”

Space is limited for the conference and registration is required. Tickets are $175 per person, with 30 spaces being reserved for students at $75 per student. The fee includes light refreshments, daily speakers, three evening events featuring nationally known keynote speakers, three dinners, including a “Taste of Hatteras” and all exhibits and scheduled events.


For more information or register for the Blue Gray Reunion or Conference, go to www.flagsoverhatteras.com

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is located at 59200 Museum Drive in Hatteras. The three North Carolina Maritime Museums are the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum located in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport.  All three museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in 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 on Cultural Resources is available at www.ncculture.com.





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