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Book Talk: The Battle of Roanoke Island: Burnside and the Fight for North Carolina

Event Description

Join us on February 10, at 11:00 a.m., for a book talk by author Michael Zatarga on The Battle of Roanoke Island: Burnside and the Fight for North Carolina. The Battle of Roanoke Island took place February 7-8, 1862.  In the winter of 1861, Union armies had failed to win any significant victories over their Confederate counterparts. The Northern populace, overwhelmed by the bloodshed, questioned whether the costs of the war were too high. During the first winter of America’s Civil War, Confederate forces were well in control of the fight. Then, Union general Ambrose Burnside marked the beaches of the Outer Banks and little Roanoke Island for an amphibious assault. His victory shifted control of the Sounds of North Carolina. Join author and historian Michael Zatarga as he traces the story of the crucial fight on Roanoke Island.

Author, Michael P. Zatarga, grew up surrounded by history in New York’s Hudson Valley. This led to a career in the history field, first with a BA from the State University of New York at New Paltz, then a MA from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury and then work with the National Park Service at Guilford Courthouse NMP in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Fort Raleigh NHS in Manteo, North Carolina. Michael has been involved in living history since high school and has spoken at activities from Massachusetts to South Carolina. He was the living history coordinator for the 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Civil War on the “Outer Banks: Flags Over Hatteras” event. He has written several articles including the National Park Service’s informational brochure on the Battle of Roanoke Island. He lives on Roanoke Island with his wife and three children.