Richlands, NC – In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Onslow County Museum will be offering a free afternoon lecture by local historian, L.J. (Kim) Kimball. Kimball, author of The Battle of New River: 23-25 November 1862, will present the program in the Museum’s multipurpose room Saturday, November 17 at 2 pm.
In an excerpt from his book Kimball states, “…The U.S.S. Ellis edged her stubby prow cautiously across the cross-legged bar which jealously guarded the mouth of the river’s treacherous maw. That brisk Sunday morning at 0900, 23 November 1862, the audacious and irrepressible William Barker Cushing, Lieutenant, United States volunteer Navy, was bringing the war to the heart of Onslow County.” Now almost 150 years ago to the day, Kimball will offer a detailed look at Cushing and the Ellis’ three-day expedition along the length of the New River from Sneads Ferry to Jacksonville.
In addition to the lecture, the Museum is currently featuring a special traveling exhibit by the Coastal Photo Club, depicting Civil War re-enactors at events that have been conducted across the state of North Carolina as part of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial. The photography exhibition will be on display through November 30.
The Onslow County Museum is located at 301 S. Wilmington Street in Richlands. For additional information contact the Onslow County Museum at 910-324-5008 or visit our website at www.onslowcountync.gov/museum.