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Albemarle Tradewinds September 2016 Web Final

September 2016

Cushing’s Escape

Cushing’s Escape Paddle By: David Bennett, Curator at the Port o’ Plymouth Museum In late October of 1864, Lt. William B. Cushing (USN) was paddling for his life down Conaby Creek in a stolen boat having just accomplished one of the most daring raids of the Civil War. Cushing and a small band of sailors, against all odds, had attacked and sunk the CSS Albemarle, a powerful Confederate ironclad anchored on the Roanoke River in Plymouth, North Carolina. Cushing was now alone. The rest of the team was dead or in enemy custody. He was a wanted man with Rebel troops in hot pursuit. Cushing is remembered for his raid, but how he survived is as equally as impressive. As the Albemarle began to sink, Cushing hurled himself into the Roanoke River. Immediately, a manhunt was on to find him. Confederate troops searched the river, but to no avail. Cushing later awoke in a swamp just outside of Plymouth where troops were still searching for him. Instead of taking flight, Cushing lurked in the swamps until he could confirm the Albemarle’s demise. After learning from a slave that the ironclad was destroyed, Cushing proceeded to make his escape. Upon arriving at Conaby Creek, Cushing stumbled across a group of Confederate soldiers camped out with a small boat moored by their tents. While the soldiers sat down to eat by the campfire, Cushing sneaked in and stole the boat out from under their noses. He then made a beeline down Conaby to the Albemarle Sound where the Union Navy would be waiting for him. As Cushing paddled, he chanted his own name; relying on his incredible sense of selfconfidence to push him through the fatigue and hunger. Upon making it back to Union naval forces he collapsed with exhaustion. On Saturday, October 22, 2016, the Port o’ Plymouth Museum will host a canoe/kayak paddle on Conaby Creek that commemorates Cushing’s raid and his daring escape. Tickets are $35/ person and include shuttle transportation, chase boats, a t-shirt, a light breakfast, snacks, a catered lunch, and a presentation on Cushing and the CSS Albemarle. For more information, please visit or call 252-793-1377. Helping Northeastern NC Families since 1998 with Personal Loans Automobile Financing Retail Financing Convenient terms to fit your budget Apply online, or give us a call: 338-9008 145 Rich Blvd ~ Elizabeth City 441-4422 1300 S Croatan Hwy ~ Kill Devil Hills 232-3320 109 Currituck Commercial Dr ~ Moyock Mention this ad for a free gift! Special thanks to the the Golden Skillet and U.S. Cellular for sponsoring this article on behalf of the Port o’ Plymouth Museum. Comments? E-Mail The Albemarle Tradewinds reaches 60k readers each month in printed and social media ...... call Ken and learn how. 252-333-7232 14 Albemarle Tradewinds September 2016

SCUPPERNONG RIVER FESTIVAL 2016 By Jimmy Fleming The 25th Annual Scuppernong River Festival will be held on Saturday October 8, 2016. The festival will kick off with Matt Engelbrecht, Chief Meteorologist with WITN 7 as the Grand Marshall of the 2016 Scuppernong River Festival Parade at 9 am. The parade will also feature an opportunity to meet a real queen … McKenzie Faggart, Miss North Carolina 2016. She will perform later in the day and then offer an opportunity to have your picture made with her! McKenzie is from Cabarrus County and is a Junior at UNC-Charlotte. An accomplished lyrical dancer, she has been a cheerleader for the Carolina Panthers and an ambassador for NASCAR. The parade will also feature the giant Goodness Grows in NC Shopping Cart and lots of other great entries in the Parade During the day there will also be an opportunity to visit with NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and his staff. During the day there will be many live musical performances, children’s games & rides, vendors (selling food, arts, & crafts), displays by many organizations, antique car’s, and demonstrations by groups such as the US Coast Guard. At the end of the day, everyone will be treated to an awesome fireworks display over the Scuppernong River on the Columbia waterfront. The day will end with a street dance where everyone can shag the night away with The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, an awesome beach music band. It’s going to be an exciting day and night of fun, food, and music so make your plans now to be in Columbia for the 25th Annual Scuppernong River Festival on October 8th!!! If you would like more information about the events of the day you can check out the Scuppernong River Festival Facebook page at or the Tyrrell County page at or call for more info at (252) 796-1371. Hope to see you there!! We’ve got this town covered with 4G LTE. With U.S. Cellular,® get high-speed 4G LTE data coverage where and when you need it. Visit Ace Paging Carolina Communications for more information. Plymouth 77 US Hwy 64 E., 252-791-0008 CALL FOR STORE HOURS. The Dismal Swamp State Park is seeking nature-based vendors for their upcoming 4th annual Dismal Day to be held at the Dismal Swamp State Park in Camden County on Saturday, October 22nd from 10 am-2 pm. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Doepker at (252)771-6593 or by email at 4G LTE not available in all areas. See for complete coverage details. 4G LTE service provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. ©2016 U.S. Cellular New_No_Contract_4GLTE_Version1_Flyer_DI_8_5x11 2293849 Albemarle Tradewinds September 2016 15