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  • Jewelle Baker
    Hello Group... Another article of great interest gleaned for you from Kinston FreePress today.
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 21, 2004
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      Hello Group...
      Another article of great interest gleaned for you from Kinston FreePress today.
      http://www.kinston.com/SiteProcessor.cfm?Template=/GlobalTemplates/Details.cfm&StoryID=21898&Section=Local

      Coastal N.C. sites added to Civil War Trails
      August 21, 2004
      Jannette Pippin
      Freedom ENC

      MOREHEAD CITY - Just a few steps away from where vacationers now picnic at the Crystal Coast Visitor Center, Civil War troops once camped.

      The troops are long gone, and the only guns still heard in the area are the occasional cannon firing demonstrations at nearby Fort Macon State Park. But a reminder of that past now stands where soldiers once walked.

      A new historical marker at the Visitor Center is on the site of Carolina City, a small settlement that was established in 1855 and has since been absorbed into Morehead City. War changed the little settlement, which was a favorite resort spot, and its place in Civil War history is now documented as part of North Carolina's Civil War Trails.

      The Carolina City marker is one of six that were installed Wednesday and Thursday in Carteret County.

      They join a three-state trail system that Mitch Bowman, executive director of the Civil War Trails, calls a "giant outdoor museum." Each marker tells a piece of history and each one is accessible to everyone.

      "A lot of people ask me, 'Why is the Civil War Trails program such a success?' There's a simple answer. It's access. We like to give access to Civil War spots and stories," he said.

      Whether it's a curious traveler or a Civil War enthusiast who stops by, the historical markers they stop and read tell them the story of that particular spot. "They tell travelers what happened exactly where they are standing," Bowman said.

      There are currently 561 sites in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina.

      Carteret County's markers add new stories.

      Troop activity in and around Carolina City is well-established. The 7th North Carolina Regiment occupied nearby Camp Argyle from Oct. 3, 1861, to Dec. 4, 1861. During the winter of 1861, the 26th North Carolina Regiment was camped east of Carolina City and used the Carolina Hotel as a hospital.

      In March 1862, as U.S. forces advanced to capture Fort Macon, a Confederate detachment from the fort burned resources that would aid the Union troops, destroying the hotel, nearby turpentine works and the winter camp of the 26th Regiment.

      Union Gen. John Parke's brigade went on to occupy Carolina City and established headquarters for the siege of Fort Macon in April 1862.

      It's history familiar to Jack Little, president of the Fort Macon Civil War Roundtable, a local organization that spearheaded the county's marker project with assistance from many partners and grant funding from the Carteret County Tourism Development Authority Tourism Enhancement Program and state Division of Tourism.

      Little sees first-hand the interest people have in Civil War history as a tour guide at Fort Macon. The new markers will be an added attraction for visitors who are interested.

      "They come to Fort Macon, an obvious attraction, and they want to know what else is in the area," Little said.

      It's known as "heritage tourism," and it has become the fastest growing segment of North Carolina's tourism industry, said Carteret County Tourism Development Authority Executive Director Carol Lohr.

      "People want to get back to their roots. They want to know their past, their history," she said.

      Maps of North Carolina's Civil War Trails will be available in March 2005. The North Carolina trails will have three themes: General Robert E. Lee's pipeline of supplies, Union Gen. William T. Sherman's march through Carolina and Gen. Ambrose Burnside's expedition through the east. Four of the Carteret County markers are on the Burnside expedition trail, which will be the first completed.

      The other Carteret County sites include Fort Macon, which guarded Beaufort Inlet and was the target of attack by Union General Parke; Hoop Hole Creek, where Gen. Parke ferried troops and equipment from Carolina City for the siege of Fort Macon; and downtown Beaufort, which was occupied by Union troops for the use of its harbor and was home to Confederate spies.

      The other sites are the Newport Barracks, winter quarters of the 7th North Carolina Infantry in 1861-62, and the Bogue Sound Blockhouse, which was built by the 9th New Jersey Volunteers to guard the junction of Bogue Sound Road and Newport Road.

      For more information on the three-state trail system, visit the Web site www.civilwartrails.org.

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      Be sure and stop in Kinston to view ALL of the Civil War Sites and the rebuilding of the Ram Neuse on your way to the Coast!!!!

      Jewelle

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