Hotel D'Afrique 1861-1865 Safe Haven
Union forces constructed this first safe haven in North Carolina after the capture of Hatteras Inlet.
The Chicamacomico Races
Who is Chasing Whom?
Battle on the beach looked like "races" in October 1861, when
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
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.
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.
Did You Know?
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a Globally Important Bird Area, is a critical natural landform along the Atlantic Flyway - serving as a major resting and feeding grounds for migratory birds. More...