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May 2016

The 26th Annual Battle

The 26th Annual Battle of Plymouth Living History Weekend Goes Off with a Bang Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, the 24th, were marked by thundering artillery and happy crowds who came from all over the country to remember the Battle of Plymouth (April 17-20, 1864). Saturday’s highlights consisted of a sniper skirmish, a naval skirmish, as well as a land and sea skirmish. These were the events that drew and impressed the crowds. The Battle of Plymouth was one of the few battles fought during the Civil War that involved both Union and Confederate infantry, cavalry, artillery, naval forces and marines all in one battle. Today it is one of the few battle reenactments where you can see all of these elements come together in one show (however, this year lacked cavalry). Saturday also saw a number of talks and performances on topics such as Civil War photography, flags, Union and Confederate perspectives of the battle, and more. A “Torchlight Theater” was held in the evening featuring a variety of performances from period music to comedy and drama. Carolyn Evans, a professional actress, gave a stunning performance of Mary Lee, a free African-American woman who owned a successful restaurant in Plymouth during the Civil War. The serenity of Sunday afternoon was punctuated by roaring artillery barrages that filled the air with smoke and set off car alarms down the street. This was the opening salvo for the reenactment of the Battle for Fort Compher. Union and Confederate reenactors recreated this desperate battle that paved the way to a Confederate victory at Plymouth. The reenactment lasted for half an hour and provided plenty of action and pyrotechnics for the crowd’s enjoyment. The heart of this event is about remembering the past. The people who really brought the past to life were the descendants of Battle of Plymouth veterans. These individuals make their annual pilgrimage to Plymouth each year to pay homage to their ancestors. They share their family’s stories and bring a sense of gravity that this event would lack otherwise. The Washington County Historical Society would like to extend a word of thanks to all of its sponsors who helped make this event a success. We would also like to thank the Garden Spot, Golden Skillet, and U.S. Cellular for sponsoring this article. Cupboard Concoctions By: Merette Mirabillis Homemade Herbal Rosemary Oil Fresh sprigs of, and/or dried rosemary, canola oil, a large glass lidded jar, metal strainer, metal bowl, set of tongs, old dish towels, newspapers. Using cleaned out bottles and jars from your own kitchen saves both money and our environment, and cleaned wine bottles work really well. First, select a large enough glass jar for the amount of oil you’re making. Next, place enough rosemary to fill about half of the jar, and then pour in the oil, leaving about 2 or so inches from the top, then lid. Place the jar, covered with a dish towel(s) in a sunny spot for about 1-2 hours depending on sunlight amount. After brewing, place the jar in a cool spot overnight. When you’re ready to strain and pour the oil into other lidded/screw topped glass containers, get old newspapers and spread them out in about five layers onto a tabletop. Set the jar and a large metal bowl onto the newspapers, and get a metal strainer big enough to cover most of the bowl. Next using tongs, remove as much fresh herb as possible and discard. Then with a small cup and/or a ladle, slowly begin to dip and pour the oil into the bowl through the strainer. After you’ve filled half a bowl full, you can then start to dip and pour the finished oil through a funnel into lidded glass jars and/or screw topped glass bottles/vials. The shelf life of most homemade herbal oils is about 6-12 months, depending on the ingredients used, so just sniff-test your oils every couple of months. Lavender, wild honeysuckle, roses, and herbal resins make great homeopathic oils. Learning to make your own herbal concoctions is very rewarding, and many have great homeopathic uses. Until next time, best wishes. 10 Albemarle Tradewinds May 2016

Dear Dr. Crime Dr. Crime is a pseudonym for a social scientist holding a Ph.D. degree in sociology and in criminology. He has worked in all major parts of the criminal justice system. Drop him a note at the website If you or your child is in trouble, he may be able to help, give him a call (2523390000) or E-mail at Dear Dr. Crime: I have been saddened at the level to which some of our people have sunk, involving crime and other deviant behaviors we see reported on the news. But I have not worried about the deviancy of our leaders in America and in most other countries, although their sacrifice for our Democratic Republic does not reach the level of our founding fathers, who risked everything for America. Some leaders are slime balls, but most, I have felt, were good at heart and would not do awful stuff. Now I hear about the investigation by journalist that uncovered a level of greed and misuse of office that is the worse in the history of humanity. Is it true? Tell me the journalist lied just to have a story to print. Fearful for our Future Dear Fearful: You are not alone. I often see and read of credible thinkers who paint a gloomy picture of the future. See the Pew Research report “the Next America” by Paul Taylor for credible predictions of our demographic changes. Technological change seems to have no end. The level of deviancy and crime in the future seems frightening, yet little empirical research makes specific predictions. All of these matters are influenced by so many forces that scientists are hesitant to make specific predictions. CNN Money has a report on the future of financial crime and it is not street robbery ( So much is changing, so fast, I have no predictions other than “look out!” and be careful who you trust. The shell game you asked about is an awful indicator of the level of evil and greed, and we will know more soon. The Panama Papers involves an investigation by 370 journalists in 78 countries showing evidence of offshore deals by world leaders, criminals and celebrities. I know of nothing in human history like that. The Raleigh News and Observer on April 5 ran a good but understandable story about it. In answer to your question, I anticipate a worse world for my grandchildren and their families than my parents could ever imagine. Watch the news for more on the Panama Papers. This home was lovingly restored in 2003 and you won’t find another on the River with this much personality and character. This log-cabin inspired home is a solid example of American Ingenuity, features custom live-edge log shelving and stairs, gorgeous ceiling beams, hardwood floors, a wood-burning stove, porch & deck w/ hot tub; the perfect spot to enjoy the view of the River. Owner added a split log frame storage building with chinking, that is a lovely accent to the home. Riverfront lot has newer vinyl bulkhead, small boat dock and owner did not require flood insurance for loan. Lisa L. Brown, Broker/Owner Realtor, GREEN, SFR, SRES Inner Banks Real Estate Group, Inc. P.O. Box 5~ Camden, NC 27921 (757) 619-8064 Bob’s Guns also does gun repair! Albemarle Tradewinds May 2016 11