will be first in the state to honor 150th Civil War anniversary
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.
feature nationally known historians, a Blue-Gray Descendants Reunion,
living history displays, and exhibits.
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.”
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.
Hatteras began on Aug. 28, 1861.
exhibits – Aug.
22-28 – Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
Reunion – Aug. 22-24 – Hatteras Village Civic Center
- Flags over
Conference – Aug. 25-27 – Hatteras Village Civic Center
demonstrations – Aug. 27-28 – Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
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.”
include historian Harold “Hari” Dean Jones and hatmaker and re-enactor
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.
or register for the Blue Gray Reunion or Conference, go to www.flagsoverhatteras.com.
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.
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.