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Two Flags Over Currituck
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Union and Confederate soldiers will once again descend upon Currituck County for a three-day Civil War encampment. “Two Flags over Currituck” will take place on the grounds of the Currituck County Historic Courthouse from Friday, October 11 to Sunday, October 13, 2013. This event will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and the Currituck County connection to that war. The public is encouraged to attend this free event.
Currituck County was frequently occupied by troops during the Civil War due to its ideal locationand abundance of resources. At times, troops camped on the courthouse grounds. In 1863, troops led by Gen. Edward Wild forced entry onto the courthouse grounds. According to documents, the soldiers “liberated slaves, destroyed Confederate camps, occupied the courthouse grounds and carried off many early court records.”
“This encampment will be a living history weekend,” said E.G. Swain, one of the organizers. There will be two opportunities to experience a reenactment of the 1863 raid on the historic courthouse: on Friday at 1pm and on Saturday at 11am. Visitors will observe civil war camp life as well as other interesting exhibits. Highlights of the event include a Matthew Brady re-enactor portraying the famous photographer along with 30 remarkable prints on display, a Civil War hospital, cooking demonstrations, an artillery exhibit, and a School of the Sailor exhibit.
The Civil War Encampment is free and open to the public on Friday, October 11 from 10:30am to 4pm, Saturday, October 12 from 10:30am to 5pm, and Sunday, October 13 from 10:30am to 2pm. Friday is “School Day.” Bus parking will be provided at Pilmore United Methodist Church. There will be plenty of general parking at the Currituck Judicial Center or handicap parking near the historic courthouse.
Barbara Snowden, President of the Historical Society, said, “This historic event promises to capture the imagination of history buffs both young and old.” “Two Flags over Currituck” is sponsored by the Currituck County Historical Society and Currituck County.
This release is being submitted by Currituck County Travel and Tourism, 106 Caratoke Hwy. Moyock, NC 27958. Learn more about Currituck County at www.visitcurrituck.com.
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