The Civil War in NE North Carolina
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I have a short message that I hope makes sense. As everyone knows, Fort Monroe played a major role in the operations of Eastern North Carolina, and so much more. It was kind of a base for the Union Navy, and many sailors frequented the facilities there. I guess the closest thing to the Navy club was the Hygeia DIning Saloon! James Fenwick, quarter gunner who died first on the night the Monitor was lost, was incarcerated in the brig here, along with some of his shipmates. My great great grandfather, Charles Rothrock, Co. I, of the 33rd NC,, was a prisoner there, in the hospital at Camp Hamilton. He probably saw many Union sailors.The legacy is well known to all of us.
I pre-wrote this but it saves time: Fort Monroe Needs Our Help:
The formation of the national park status is a good thing, however, it is very possible that about 100 acres of waterfront property is going to be segmented out, ripe for commercial development. This must not be tolerated. Fort Monroe is a critical part of operations during the Civil War, both Army and Navy. Along with the actual fort, there are many dwellings, and it is a virtual village. Just to place it in your mind in case you forget, from the waterfront area, in March of 1862, spectators witnessed the two-day Battle of Hampton Roads (Day 2: Duel of the Ironclads). If you can, please take action now, the information, and vote, can be found by following this link where they will explain things better than I! I am still studying this myself, but time is of the essence. This is a chance to make a difference, as other ideas you may have can be expressed here. It may require a sign-in, but it will be worth it. Thank you