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In this first of a series on the lives and careers of outstanding individuals in the political, social and industrial life of North Carolina, Col. A. D. Watts is featured. Watts was a political leader in the Democratic party, a legislator, and a public official.
In this second installment on the life and career of Col. A.D. Watts, Dixon covers his last years and the controversial incident that ended his career.
The area around Cape Hatteras is one of the most vulnerable military defense points along the entire Atlantic coast.
MacNeill recounts the beginning of weather forecasting from Cape Hatteras when George Onslow, a civilian employee of the Signal Corp of the U.S. Army, arrived in 1883. He was the first man to sign his name to an official weather report dispatched from Hatteras Island on August 15, 1883. MacNeill explains why the Hatteras area is one of the most difficult for weather forecasting.