[This blog post comes from the Outer Banks History Center; for more information, visit http://www.obhistorycenter.ncdcr.gov/]
Fishers, Fighters and Freedmen: The Civil War Comes to Roanoke Island
A new exhibit at the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo, N.C. highlights the activities on and around Roanoke Island 150 years ago. Fishers, Fighters and Freedmen: The Civil War Comes to Roanoke Island uses the vast collections of regimental histories, diaries, letters, and period engravings to tell the story of the struggle for control of North Carolina’s important sounds and inland waterways. Following the Battle of Roanoke Island, February 7 and 8, 1862, escaped slaves from inland farms and plantations made their way to the refuge of the Federal troops, while local residents tried to maintain their island lifestyle during the uncertain war times.
Fishers, Fighters and Freedmen: The Civil War Comes to Roanoke Island is free and open to the public 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.
Visit http://www.obhistorycenter.ncdcr.gov/ for more information.