Larry Babits’ HIST 6875 students brought history to life from a four-week reenactment of life aboard a brigantine. Before collaboration and studying abroad were higher education buzzwords, they applied both in a reconstructed version of this ship. For them, studying the War of 1812 and Battle of Lake Erie was an all hands on deck experience.
The half-dozen Revolutionary War battlefields in North Carolina are mostly in the Piedmont and mountains. A few, such as Guilford Courthouse, are large, but most represent small encounters between Whigs and Tories at bridges and crossroads.
The Battle of the Banks took place on the North Carolina coast during the Civil War. Union ships overtook Forts Hatteras, Clark, and Oregon after a surprisingly long and difficult skirmish. This article highlights the historical battle.