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Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Monday, January 27, 2014

The CSS Albemarle's Smokestack and Me

I came across this in the Jan. 18, 2014, Raleigh (NC) News & Observer "Enormous museum tells story of the 'Cradle of North Carolina'" by Gary McCollough. //// It is at the Museum of the Albemarle at Elizabeth City on the Pasquotank Rivers. The museum covers four centuries of history in the area. //// But, I was most interested in the part where he mentioned that the museum has the smokestack of the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle. That smokestack was one of the things that got me, for better or worse, hooked on the Civil War. Mom used to take me often to the NC History and Archives Museum when we lived in Raleigh and I would go through the Civil War stuff, but was always transfixed by that huge old piece of iron with what appeared to be shell holes in it. That was a real touch of history. //// I haven't been back to the museum in a long time and did not know the smokestack is now in Elizabeth City so will have to plan a trip to this museum on one of mty next trips back to North Carolina. //// That Was a Neat Old Stack. --Old B-R'er

2 comments:

  1. While you're in NC, you should drive over to Kinston and see the new home for the CSS Neuse.

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  2. I did this last September and that is an impressive museum and only going to get better so I'll be going back. Plus, there is that great King's BBQ in town and what a visitors center and the CSS Neuse II.

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