While not specifically on Antietam, noted historian Ed Bearss will present a program on the 9th Corps' first serious victory, The Battle of Roanoke Island. The program will be presented on Monday April 19, 2010 at 7p.m. at Festival Park in Manteo, NC. The press release is as follows:
ED BEARSS TO SPEAK ABOUT THE BATTLE OF ROANOKE ISLAND
MANTEO Nationally known Civil War historian Ed Bearss will give a presentation on the Battle of Roanoke Island at the Outer Banks History Center Associates annual membership meeting Monday April 19, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Roanoke Island Festival Park Indoor Theater in Manteo.
Bearss, former Chief Historian for the National Park Service and now Historian Emeritus, is a lively and animated speaker. He continues to write about the Civil War, lectures frequently to Civil War Roundtable groups, and is a renowned battlefield guide.
On February 7, 1862 Brig. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside landed 7,500 men on the southwestern side of Roanoke Island in an amphibious operation launched from Fort Monroe. The next morning, supported by gunboats, the Federals assaulted the Confederate forts on the narrow waist of the island, driving back and out-maneuvering Brig. Gen. Henry Wise's outnumbered command. After losing less than 100 men, the Confederate commander on the field, Col. H.M. Shaw, surrendered about 2,500 soldiers and 32 guns. Burnside had secured an important outpost on the Atlantic Coast, tightening the blockade.
The lecture is free and open to the public and will begin following a short business meeting. According to Doug Stover, chairman of the Outer Banks History Center Associates, "This offers a wonderful opportunity for the public to learn more about the Battle of Roanoke Island from one of the nation's most noted historians and gifted lecturers." The Outer Banks History Center Associates sponsor this event.
The Outer Banks History Center is a regional archives and research library administered by the N.C. State Archives. It is part of 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 is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com. For additional information call 252-473-2655.