The Civil War Battle of Roanoke Island by Michael Zatarga at the Outer Banks History Center for 2nd Saturday Program

[This blog post comes from KaeLi Schurr of the Outer Banks History Center.]

The Civil War Battle of Roanoke Island by Michael Zatarga at the Outer Banks History Center for 2nd Saturday Program

Although dwarfed by the titanic struggles that followed it, the Battle of Roanoke Island was an important engagement early in the Civil War.  Following the Union victory and occupation of Hatteras Island and Inlet in August 1861, both sides knew that seizing control of coastal North Carolina was critical to either the protection, or disruption, of critical supply lines from ports in Wilmington, N.C. to the Confederate capital in Richmond.

In recognition of the ongoing national Civil War Sesquicentennial, the Outer Banks History Center will present the 3rd, and last, of the summer’s “2nd Saturday” events, “The Importance of the Battle of Roanoke Island, February 7 & 8, 1862.”  Guest speaker, Michael Zatarga, National Park Service Park Ranger at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, will describe ways that the Battle of Roanoke Island mattered from five perspectives: strategic, political, diplomatic, military, and morale.

Attack Upon Roanoke Island - Landing of the Troops

Attack Upon Roanoke Island – Landing of the Troops

Zatarga’s talk is Saturday, August 11, from 2:00—3:00 p.m., at the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo, and is free and open to the public.  It is designed to enrich the visitor experience of the History Center’s current exhibit, “The Civil War Comes to Roanoke Island: Fishers, Fighters & Freedmen,” in the History Center Gallery.  The gallery is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (excepting some state holidays) so it will be open before and after this 2nd Saturday program.  There is no charge to view the exhibit anytime.

“Our State” magazine is a special media sponsor for DCR 2nd Saturdays programming.  More than 100 “2nd Saturday” events across the state bring together history and authentic North Carolina culture.  For a complete schedule of events, go to For information call (919) 807-7389.


About the Outer Banks History Center

The Outer Banks History Center is a regional archives and research library administered by the N. C. Office of Archives and History, Department of Cultural Resources. The Center is open to the public and is located across from the Manteo waterfront at Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo. For more information, call (252) 473-2655, e-mail or visit

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.