Join us on May 10, as we continue to look at events in the first year of the Civil War (part of our 150th anniversary program). “Teej” Smith offers a talk on the seizure of the North Carolina coastal defenses by volunteers from the state militia in January 1861 – well before the state seceded:
Meeting time: 7:30 PM, May 10, 2011.
Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia.
Topic: Actuated by Patriotism: The Taking of Forts Caswell and Johnston
On January 9, 1861, a company of volunteer militia called the Cape Fear Minute Men from Wilmington, NC joined forces with the citizens of Smithfield (now Southport) to seize Forts Caswell and Johnston. It was North Carolina’s first step on the road to secession. At Tuesday night’s meeting Teej Smith will discuss why these forts were so important not only to the people living along the Cape Fear River but to the Confederacy; why Governor John W. Ellis ordered the forts be returned to the U.S. government, and what ultimately happened to the forts.
About our speaker:
Tonia “Teej’ Smith, a native born Tar Heel, has lived in Pinehurst for the past eighteen years. She has written articles for North and South, America’s Civil War, and Civil War Times magazines. Teej also does research for other Civil War authors.
In addition to her writing and research, she has presented programs on various Civil War topics to local schools and to Civil War roundtables in North Carolina and Virginia. In 2009, she was one of the presenters at Longwood University’s annual Civil War Seminar and in May 2010, she was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia. Teej currently moderates an online Civil War discussion group. She is also the founder and past president of the Rufus Barringer Civil War Roundtable in Pinehurst. She now serves on the roundtable’s board of directors and is their program chairman.