Tag Archives: Wilmington

Maine navy skipper nabs ”the Goliath of Rebeldom”

Wise to the ways of the sea, Captain Joshua D. Warren kept the steam up aboard his warship when blockading the approaches to North Carolina’s Cape Fear River. That practice paid dividends one morning in late spring 1862. Born in Wiscasset on January 1, 1809, Warren went to sea and by 1850 was a “shipmaster” […]

Reign of terror off Nova Scotia, part 2

Last week: Reign of terror off Nova Scotia, part 1 After his CSS Tallahassee bagged the Maine-based schooner Floral Wreath about 40 miles off Cape Sable Island on Thursday afternoon, August 11, 1864, Confederate Navy Capt. John Taylor Wood soon spotted another victim. With the Floral Wreath sinking (if not sunk) and her crew now […]

Northern blood in Southern soil

They’re not supposed to be here. So why are they? Red brick walls surround the manicured Wilmington (N.C.) National Cemetery, a lovely greensward that abuts the four-lane Daytona International Speedway known locally as Market Street. Forget turning left when exiting the cemetery’s single access gate: That hand-crafted brick wall blocks views of inbound traffic, so […]