Coastal North Carolina Civil War Quiz

Civil War Quiz  – by Rebecca Taylor

These questions are based on a great book called The Civil War in Coastal North Carolina by John S. Carbone.

I had no idea just how vital a part the eastern sounds, rivers and barrier islands played throughout the war. So here’s a quiz on the other coastal war. See how much you know!v18NO9 September, 2011 FINAL PDF-005

  1. What was the name of the US ironclad that sank off Hatteras in December 1862?
  2. Before the war what was North Carolina’s most important export?
  3. At the beginning of the War, what were the two largest towns in North Carolina?
  4. What percent of blockade running trips were successful?
  5. North Carolina’s four ship navy was called what?
  6. In the summer of 1861 what forts did the Confederacy build along North Carolina’s Outer Banks?
  7. Which Union General first proposed the attack on the Forts on the Outer Banks?
  8. What Union General commanded the Union expedition to take Roanoke Island? Who was the Confederate Commander charged with the defense of the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds?
  9. The fall of what North Carolina town in March of 1862 “alarmed and outraged” Confederate leaders in North Carolina and Richmond?
  10. On what island did the Union Army establish a “freedman’s colony?”
  11. In what NC city was there a major outbreak of Yellow Fever in August 1894?
  12. What ship enabled the Confederate troops to recapture the town of Plymouth?

Answers: Coastal North Carolina Civil War Quiz
1) Monitor; 2)“naval stores” ie. tar pitch and turpentine; 3) Wilmington and New Berne; 4) 75%; 5) The Mosquito Fleet; 6) Fort Oregon, Fort Hatteras, Fort Clark, and Fort Ocracoke; 7) Benjamin Butler; 8) USA General Ambrose Burnside; CSA General A. P. Hill; 9) New Bern; 10) Roanoke; 11) New Bern; 12) Ironclad CSN Albemarle

Oral History – Dorothy McQuillan – Part 2: ‘Family’

by Ann Hertzler

Dot moved on the Wilmington side of the swing bridge when she was about 8 or 9 years old. Dot and her cousins used to catch the school bus on the sound side of highway 421. White children went to Carolina Beach School. She went to a Black school with about 2 rooms. Oak Hill School was up the road as if you’re going into Oak Hill or Oak Grove cemetery. It’s been torn down and has a church and cemetery behind it. The nurses came to give injections. Miss Barnhill was one of the teachers. Miss Newkirk came down and helped sometimes. Now it’s still a school, but the name is changed.

Dot learned to cook at home on a wood stove watching her Mom and her husband’s aunt cook biscuits and such. Her grandmother kept her A&P “8 o’clock” coffee pot on the back of her wood stove. Her grandmother made Dot’s aprons, dresses, and a lot of her own clothes. Dot’s mom wasn’t into sewing too much. Lots of people had gardens.

Dot married James Kenneth McQuillan. When Dot first got married, they lived on her husband’s uncle’s property. Her first home was right behind her current address, 7809 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC. Dot’s husband used to work for Dub Heglar in Kure Beach. Her uncle Ben had a truck to pick up trash from Carolina Beach.

Dorothy McQuillan

Dorothy McQuillan

Dot was married 52 years. Most of her children were born in the 50s in the community hospital which is now torn down. Dot went to New York for awhile where her kids started school. When Williston opened up, they had the big Williston band. Her cousin was the Drum Major who led the band. One of her girls went to college not too far from Virginia and one went to East Carolina. They were always into sports and basketball.

The family liked to do a monthly dinner at Dot’s house. Many would bring a certain meat or a vegetable. Dot said the best way to feed a big family is to cook a big roast or turkey or ham. Greens can be mixed many ways – turnips with kale or with mustard greens; fresh collards with a little sugar but no vinegar and no hot peppers. Dot uses smoked bones with greens but would rather use old fashioned fat back. Dot’s momma put corn dumplings on her greens. South Carolina people love rice. She cooked a lot of rice alternated with cream potatoes or macaroni and cheese – the kind that doesn’t come out of a box. Dot’s son went to culinary school. He loves to cook pig’s feet and pinto beans in his crock pot. He said, “Momma, you need a crock pot.” Dot said she didn’t need any crock pot.

Dot keeps her favorite recipes in her head – no drawer, no notebook. If the cake was good, she’d ask, how did you make that pound cake? And she’d remember how many eggs and how much butter and how to do this and do that. Dot loved fruitcakes, especially from the A&P in Carolina Beach. A fruit cake looks like an old fashion raisin cake with different fruits. Dot cooked the old-fashioned raisin cake in her iron frying pan and it came out so pretty and round. Lemon extract, a little bit of vanilla, two or three sticks of butter, beat the eggs up and put in there – makes a good pound cake.

Monthly Meeting Report – September, 2011

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society held its monthly meeting on Monday, September 19, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Larry Maisel

Larry Maisel

This month’s speaker was Larry Maisel, author of the book Before We Were Quaint.

This book punctures the myth about the nature of the small North Carolina coastal village of Southport. Today it is known as “the town with all the antique stores,” but it’s past is very different. From the mid 1800s to the 1950s Southport was a hard working, sometimes kind of rough, even industrial, town, not merely a fishing village. Only later could it be called “quaint.”

The author unfolds that past for us.

Larry Maisel is a retired broadcast journalist and executive, now living in Southport, NC. Much of his journalism career was spent in the South, where he covered City Hall District Attorney Jim Garrison’s Kennedy Assassination Investigation in New Orleans; the civil rights movement in Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia; and state and local politics in Virginia and West Virginia. He worked in radio news in Maryland. Before_we_were_quaint

He has also written and produced a number of documentaries. His first, in 1965, An April Day in Appomattox, on the 100th Anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s Surrender at Appomattox Court House, and the last, in 2005, Vanishing Village: The Southport That Used to Be.

That followed Southport Remembered: Glimpses of Our Past, produced in 2001. A writer and columnist, his column, “As I See It,” has appeared in the Southport newspaper, The State Port Pilot, and the monthly Brunswick Alive.
In 2006 he co-authored Lelia Jane: A Very Gentle Lady with another Southport historian, Susie Carson.