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October 2011 Blog Posts (4)

Good news on the CSS Forrest site

The bridge contruction company has begun driving pilings for the temporary bridge that will parallel the old bridge slated for demolition. From the looks of it, the new pilings will miss the target site for the Forrest by 20-30 feet. Now if we could just get some divers lined up for next summer! It is probably already too cold to make any dives this fall.

Added by Bruce Long on October 30, 2011 at 7:06pm — 1 Comment

Good news on the Civil War Living History Day front

John V. Quarstein, author of "CSS Virginia: Mistress of Hampton Roads" and "The Monitor Boys" and producer of Civil War documentaries for WHRO, will be one of the keynote speakers for this year's event. He will be talking about the North Carolina Squadron and its destruction at the battle of Elizabeth City.

Lee Oxford will also be speaking. His topic will be the capture of the Fanny and the Chicamacomico Races. One of his ancestors was captured aboard the Fanny.

Added by Bruce Long on October 29, 2011 at 11:44am — No Comments

In search of the CSS Sea Bird

Barry Cullens and I have been discussing a renewal of the search for the CSS Sea Bird. Barry has done sonar scans of the Pasquotank River in the past that turned up 6 likely locations. I located some information this past summer that helps narrow things down even further.

I wasn't looking for Sea Bird information at the time. I was looking for signal flags. Philip Madre, finder of the CSS Appomattox, was having a painting made of the Appomattox escaping up the river towards the…


Added by Bruce Long on October 19, 2011 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Looks like we're too late on the CSS Forrest

The construction company building the replacement bridge over the Pasquotank will be building a work bridge parallel to the current structure, right over the probable resting place of the CSS Forrest, sometime this week. I couldn't find a diver to see if there was anything left of her. Bummer.

Added by Bruce Long on October 18, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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