Tuesday, April 12, 2005


Civil War shipwrecks focus of museum lecture


Outer Banks Sentinel
April 10, 2005

The numerous shipwrecks found on the bottom of the sounds and rivers of northeastern North Carolina will be the focus of a lecture by Dr. Lindley S. Butler at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Pasquotank-Camden Library at 205 E. Main Street in Elizabeth City.

The lecture is being sponsored by the Museum of the Albemarle.Dr. Butler's lecture, "Civil War Shipwrecks," will offer people an opportunity to learn about this crucial period in the region's history in a unique way, as Dr. Butler will trace the history of the war in northeastern North Carolina through the wrecks.

Among the shipwrecks to be discussed will be the CSS Black Warrior. The Black Warrior was sunk during the Battle of Elizabeth City on February 10, 1862. The Museum of the Albemarle has recovered the gun carriage of the Black Warrior and it will be displayed in the Civil War section of the core gallery in the new facility.

Dr. Butler is a respected historian and author of several books, his most recent being Pirates, Privateers, and Rebel Raiders of the Carolina Coast. He works closely with the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Unit and serves as a historical consultant on the Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project.

This exciting program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are recommended. For more information or to make reservations, please call the Education Department at the museum at 252-335-1453 or email howard.draper@ncmail.net .

Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrell, and Washington counties, the Museum of the Albemarle is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums.

The Museum of the Albemarle is a regional section of the State History Museums Division, Department of Cultural Resources, State of North Carolina.


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