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May 2013 Release for The Civil War on Hatteras
May 2013 Release for The Civil War on Hatteras

The Civil War on Hatteras: The Chicamacomico Affair & the Capture of the U.S. Gunboat Fanny is on schedule for release in mid-May by The History Press. This is Lee Thomas Oxford’s first book, and is the first book detailing two Civil War “firsts” on North Carolina’s Outer Banks and the events leading up to those two significant naval engagements. The first Confederate capture of an armed Union vessel of war, and the subsequent first amphibious assault of combined forces of the Confederate army and navy, each took place one week in October 1861 at a brief encampment of the Twentieth Indiana Regiment at the north end of Hatteras Island. That encampment, Camp Live Oak, was established at historic Chicamacomico, the area where the three Outer Banks villages of Salvo, Waves and Rodanthe are today. Live Oak, on the north side of modern-day Rodanthe, was occupied from September 28 to October 4, 1861.  The Civil War on Hatteras reveals the Confederate preparations at Roanoke Island for an attack on Hatteras and the destruction of its lighthouse following the Federal capture of Forts Hatteras and Clark during the Butler Expedition of August 28-29, 1861. Also revealed is the Union attempt to protect the loyal Union-loving citizens of North Carolina’s eastern shore while maintaining Union control of the Pamlico Sound and North Carolina’s coastal waterways. Relying heavily upon primary sources, original letters, diaries and other documents contemporary to the events, Oxford corrects long-standing myths and ongoing errors concerning these Civil War firsts. The first complete and correct report of the actual casualties as well as a complete accounting of the Union prisoners taken is included. The Civil War on Hatteras: The Chicamacomico Affair & the Capture of the U.S. Gunboat Fanny by Lee Thomas Oxford will certainly prove to be the primary reference on these little-known but significant Civil War naval engagements, and will be included in any complete library of Civil War North Carolina and naval history

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