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A CONTINUING CONFLICT for CHICAMACOMICO'S CAMP LIVE OAK

By Mel Covey

 

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COVEY’S HYPOTHESES
A Continuing Conflict . . . systematically deconstructed Babits, et al’s major asserted statements, and others, offered in their Final Report. It performed likewise for Babits’ Draft Report, which was detailed within correspondence letters and position papers reproduced in the Addenda. As alternative hypotheses, the following were offered:


1. A unique ‘dune’ of sand (Wenberg Ridge) in Waves was a cultural feature of post  – 1852 origins that exhibited indications of excavations performed before 1866.


2. Earthworks adjacent to Camp Live Oak were constructed upon an agricultural impoundment possessing an artificially excavated pond in its northwestern corner. Both were represented on Coastal Survey T-367.


3. The unfinished fortification was in excess of three acres in size and was a small portion of the original 504-acre Midyett Plantation of 1784. It also extended unto an adjacent 100-acre tract of marsh Midyett purchased from Christopher O’Neal. In the Civil War, the tracts of land were controlled by Midyett’s sons.


4. A centrally located thoroughfare, within and parallel to the entrenchments, was also constructed between 1852 & 1866. Breastwork materials traveled upon it.


5. The genesis of Chicamacomico Banks’ Loggerhead Inlet was concurrent with those of Hatteras and Oregon Inlets.


6. Many windmills existed on Hatteras Island in 1852; Waves had at least two.


7. The tug Fanny was captured at the west entrance to Cedar Hammock Channel.


8. Many of Camp Live Oak’s identifying characteristics were extant in Waves, NC.


9. Nathan O’Neal was the original owner of a windmill attributed to Jethro Midyett.


10. Banister Midyett’s (dec’d: 1841) gristmills were immediately south

of and close by fortifications under construction adjacent to Camp Live Oak in 1861.


11. North Carolina’s Outer Banks have continually endured extensive soundside
erosion. This contradicted the theories of many published geologists who asserted a westward migration of the coast’s barrier islands continues to occur.


12. There was no absolute, direct correlation between coastal windmills and the 

Coastal Surveys of the 1800’s. The majority of windmills (over 80%) were never

 used for such purposes.