Hurricane threat Forces Postponement of ‘Flags Over Hatteras’
Hurricane Irene and its possible landfall along the North Carolina
coast has led organizers of the “Flags Over Hatteras” Sesquicentennial
Commemoration to postpone the event until later this fall.
the Civil War and its impact on the United States and the world were
scheduled to take part in symposiums and lectures Aug. 25-27, at the
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.
Encampment scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 28, at the
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has also been cancelled.
Schwarzer, director of N.C. Maritime Museums, said that the conference
is now tentatively set for early October.
the possible path of Irene, that we needed to ensure the safety of our
participants, and also work to batten down the hatches at our Maritime
Museums on Hatteras, in Beaufort, and Southport. We are in the process
of contacting our speakers about rescheduling.”
War battles on the Outer Banks took place in August 1861, when two
Federal expeditions were sent to Hatteras Inlet. The Union attack
signified many firsts in the war: the first combined Army and Navy
operation, the first amphibious assault, and the first African American
gun crew to fire on Confederates.