By Mel Covey
Excerpt from The Prologue: Chicamacomico was already enduring one of America’s earliest emerging ecological disasters when the devastating hurricane of 1846 inundated all but the higher elevations of the island. Still struggling to recover fifteen years later, Hatteras Island became the next stage of events for Union attempts to reunite the nation. Although the North’s first victory was at Hatteras Inlet in late August of 1861, Chicamacomico gained little relief except for a brief span of time two months later. Their dilemma had been magnified by regional ostracism since, unlike the majority of the state’s population, many islanders were neutral to or did not support the ‘Southern Cause’. Then the ‘Affair’ arrived and ravaged the village. It was truly their darkest hour; ecological disaster before a major hurricane, followed by political turmoil laced with anarchy, and lastly a civil war. Despite these adversities Chicamacomico persevered, a testament to that generation’s tenacity and fortitude.
2016 Copyright Mel Covey
A Continuing Conflict is the fruition of findings which culminated from a thoroughly objective investigation into the controversial subject of the Chicamacomico Races.
What was previously thought to be only a minor military footnote, that played out during the early months of the American Civil War, has now been reexamined and reinterpreted. What emerges is a historical account reading much differently from its published predecessors. This latest effort will assist in subsequent reevaluations. It will also facilitate a better understanding of Cape Hatteras' strategic importance to the war effort of both parties engaged in America's epic conflict. What happened along Hatteras Island's shores, and its adjacent waters, altered the course of American history. Many events transpired in coastal North Carolina affected actions that continue to reverberate long after the guns have been silenced - but, not its discussion.
A Continuing Conflict presents a counterpoint view to the 2014 Babits' archaeological component of the Waves investigation and only reflects the considered opinion of the writer based on the totality of all of the evidence he has uncovered and discovered.