Richard Lawrence is now retired and Nathan Henry took his place. If there is no place in Washington that would want to display the artifacts, somewhere in New Bern or Greenville might be interested. Or at Roanoke Island, since the Pickett was part of Burnside's Expedition.
Your father probably knows my friend Philip Madre and his son Jason from Chocowiunity. They along with Ed Congleton found the Appomattox in the upper Pasquotank River. I sat in the boat off and on as they worked their way upstream through all the boats abandoned over the years along the shore. I think the Appomattox was wreck #5 they investigated. My job was to do the research and take pictures. Somethimes it seemed like I was there as bait to draw the yellow flies away from them. Philip and Jason are members here.
Adam Parker is also a member. He dove on the Pickett last summer as part of his field studies with the ECU Maritime Studies program. Adam is helping me look for the remains of the Sea Bird. It was salvaged in 1867 by the Baker Brothers. Philip thinks they took the entire wreck back to Norfolk because they did so with the Fanny. I doubt they bothered to carry the wooden hull of the Sea Bird back. The Fanny had a 1/4 inch iron hull sheathed in wood. It's hull was valuable scrap iron. I think they just stripped the Sea Bird of her boiler, engines, and shaft. Adam's master's thesis is on battle tactics used in the battle of Elizabeth City.
Mike Zatarga's new book The Battle of Roanoke Island (top) is out from The History Press..The Museum of the Albemarle has copies in stock.
Jim Gaddis has a new book out as well. Richard Gatlin and the Confederate Defense of Eastern North Carolina is available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com as well as at a couple of bookstores in the Elizabeth City area:
Page After Page, Eliz. City, NC
Museum of the Albemarle
Robert Smith's book The History of Fort Ocracoke in Pamlico Sound from The History Press is currently available as well. The Museum of the Albemarle has copies in stock.
It looks like there are a plenty of new reads for Civil War buffs in northeastern North Carolina!
From last summer
Lee Oxford's book is also for sale online, in area bookstores, and at local museums