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.
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
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!
Did You Know?
The beaches along Cape Hatteras National Seashore sparkle at night. When you kick the sand, you disturb tiny dinoflagellates like seasparkle, magnified in the picture to the left. A chemical reaction causes them to glow with a blue-green light.