Historian: Sam Smith; no registration required
Description: Nobody knows the story of Plymouth, North Carolina. Nestled amidst the swamps and waterways of the eastern shore, the burned-out town of Plymouth served as a safe haven for fugitive slaves and Confederate deserters for more than two years. In April of 1864, however, the wasteland oasis became the site of a bloody battle and massacre—an engagement that some consider to be the last major Confederate victory of the war. The Confederate grip on Plymouth was eventually broken by a commando raid that Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles called “the most daring mission of the Civil War.” The story of Plymouth is one of blood, mud, tragedy, and freedom.