Hatteras Island has achieved a well-deserved reputation as a summer getaway and a wildlife refuge on North Carolina's coast. However, most visitors are unaware of the crucial role that Hatteras played in the Civil War. The Civil War on Hatteras Island offers a new view of Hatteras's history, interweaving historical facts, archival drawings, and current photography of how the is]and looks today. In addition, this book reveals the largely unknown journals of Edwin Graves Champney, a Union soldier who was stationed on Hatteras from 1862 to 1863. Champney's prose and artistic talents, along with the quotes of soldier Charles F. Johnson of the Ninth New York, shed new light on the experiences of Civil War soldiers stationed on the Outer Banks during that time. It follows the crucial maritime battles along the Outer Banks and the famous Burnsides Expedition.
The Civil War on Hatteras Island is a fascinating history of how one of America's most treasured islands played a significant part in the Civil War and is a must for any reader.