The CSS Albemarle was the most successful ironclad of the Civil War and twice defeated the Union Navy. Remarkably, it was built in a cornfield up the Roanoke River from Williamston at Edward’s Ferry. The story of the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle’s unprecedented success and her premature destruction in a desperate commando raid has been described in dozens of books and was the subject of 2005 History Channel documentary, “The Most Daring Mission of the Civil War”.
Now for the first time ever, a commemorative voyage called, The Odyssey of an Ironclad, will be made on April 17th & 18th. On Sunday afternoon April 18th the Albemarle will be stopping in Williamston at Moratoc Park where there will be a Living History Event with artillery, small arms, and a presentation made on the history of the CSS Albemarle from 1:30-2:30pm. In addition to highlighting the success of the Albemarle, the Odyssey will strive to illuminate the nearly impossible achievements of ordinary people, who accomplished extraordinary feats under the most adverse conditions imaginable. In doing so, some of the most fascinating characters and stories will be given long-overdue recognition for their contributions to history. The Filling Station Restaurant will be selling fish plates.
For more information, call the Martin County Chamber of Commerce at 252-792-4131 or visit www.martincountync.com.