• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Trading Cards

Kids! Collect stories about the Civil War and civil rights! The National Park Service is offering more than 500 trading cards to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Visit a park in person to earn a card. Ask a ranger or stop by the visitor center at a participating park. You can view all the cards online and discover stories from nearly 90 national parks in 31 states and the District of Columbia. You'll be surprised at what you will learn.

Hotel D'Afrique

Hotel D'Afrique 1861-1865 Safe Haven

Union forces constructed this first safe haven in North Carolina after the capture of Hatteras Inlet.
Arriving by ship, hundreds of former slaves received food and housing in exchange for unloading supply vessels. They gave information aiding in the Union success at Roanoke Island and were among the first African Americans to fire against Confederate forces.


The Chicamacomico Races

Who is Chasing Whom?

Battle on the beach looked like "races" in October 1861, when
Confederates counterattacked Union troops at Chicamacomico, chasing
them south down the beach through hot sun and sand. When fleeing Union soldiers, and accompanying villagers, met Union reinforcements
at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tables turned, and Confederates
were then chased back up the burning beach.

pea island

Pea Island Lifesaving Station 1880-1947

When African American Richard Etheridge was assigned Keeper of this station, racial standards required that his crew be the same, giving this station the country's first African American lifesaving crew. Vigilance to mission and rigorous training made this crew one of the nation's finest and credited as an early driver of diversity in the U.S. Coast Guard.


The Loss of the USS Monitor

A Victim of the Atlantic
The first all-metal warship commissioned by the US Navy during the Civil War, Monitor's tough armor might have hastened its demise. Adept on rivers, Monitor's heavy turret rendered it unstable on rough seas. While being towed to Charleston, South Carolina in December 1862, it swamped off Cape Hatteras. Discovered in 1973, the shipwreck site became the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.


Richard Etheridge from Slave to Saver of Lives

Born a slave, Etheridge distinguished himself not only as a Union army sergeant (36th USCT), but also later, in 1880, as the first African-American to command a US Lifesaving Station. His Pea Island Station crew was known as one of the best in the country, and Etheridge as one of the Service's most courageous lifesavers.

fort hatteras

The Taking of Hatteras Inlet

Capturing Hatteras Inlet was an early priority for Union forces. On August 27 - 28, 1861, after heavy fighting, Union forces captured Forts Clark and Hatteras-taking control of the inlet and much of North Carolina's coast. Informed of this first victory in the middle of the night, Lincoln danced a jig in his nightshirt.


Thank you for your interest in the National Park Service Civil War to Civil Rights Trading Card program for Cape Hatteras NS, Fort Raleigh NHS and Wright Brothers NMEM. This program is designed for children who actually visit our park sites. However, we will mail the trading cards from these three parks to you, if you send a self-addressed standard letter-sized envelope with two first class stamps on it to:

National Park Service Trading Cards
1401 National Park Road
Manteo, NC 27954

Do not send cash. If you are overseas, you must have the equivalency of two first class stamp postage on your self-addressed envelope.

Whether domestic or overseas, if you do not have the proper postage on your self-addressed envelope, we will not be able to mail you the cards.

We will put the cards from all three parks in your self-addressed envelope--you do not need to send an envelope for each park.

Again, thank you for your interest in this program!


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