Wednesday, February 5, 2014
NC: Crowds gather for dedication of town park to those who fought and died at The Battle of Newport Barracks
On the 150th anniversary of the biggest Civil War battle fought in Carteret County, town residents and visitors gathered to dedicate a new memorial park to those who fought and died at The Battle of Newport Barracks.
The dedication ceremony was held during a three-day Heritage Weekend event from Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, the last day being the anniversary of the battle. Two Civil War re-enactment groups joined the dedication event: The 5th N.C. Troops, an infantry re-enactment group, and Ellis’s Battery, an artillery re-enactment group.
The two groups set up a demonstration camp to show people how soldiers lived during their time at the barracks. The battery group provided demonstrations of how Civil War artillery crews fired their cannons, firing off thunderous reports that surprised the crowd on Sunday and set off car alarms.
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