Burnside's Expedition and beyond
Thanks to Sam Leary and others spreading the word, we've added several new members from the Chesapeake area lately. This site actually has two parts: this page covers mostly infantry, cavalry, and artillery while the sister site Brownwater Navies covers the naval side (http://camdenscience.ning.com/)
Members Si Harrington, Terry Foenander, and myself are currently working on a sailor and marine database project at http://rblong.net/sailor/ . We plan to create the most comprehensive listing of North Carolina Civil War sailors and marines ever compiled.
Member Lee Oxford's book on the capture of the Fanny and the Chicamacomico Races is now available in area bookstores. I saw it in Barnes & Noble at Greenbrier just last week. They also have it listed online.
Plans go forward to look for the remains of the Sea Bird during the last week of July and the first week of August. Member Philip Madre, one of the finders of the Appomattox remains, says it is a snipe hunt. I disagree. We have 6 sites to check that are confirmed wrecks. (We meaning member Barry Cullen and myself.) This project is only 4 years old and it took Philip & Co. 10 years to find the Appomattox, so I would say we are right on schedule to find it. Graduate student Adam Parker from ECU's Maritime Studies Department is scheduled to help with the diving chores.
Feel free to post Civil War news pertaining to this area in this blog space. This isn't my personal blog space; all members can use it. (My personal space is at http://ncsquadron.wordpress.com/ for those interested in local navy history.)