The N.C. Transportation Museum Presents “N.C. Civil War Ironclads” July 14

Release date: 7/9/2012

SPENCER, N.C. –  As part of the sesquicentennial observances of the Civil War, the N.C. Transportation Museum presents Civil War transportation history with some of the most interesting vessels to take to the water.  N.C. Civil War Ironclads, with historian Andrew Duppstadt, will be held at the Bob Julian Roundhouse Orientation Room Saturday, July 14 at 1 p.m. 
As battles between the Union and Confederacy took place on the land, Duppstadt will explore the South’s efforts to create these top-of-the-line warships to win those battles waged on water. 
In the early years of the Civil War, as part of their overall strategy, the Confederate Navy Department attempted to build six ironclads in North Carolina.  Four of these vessels were completed and each met with varying levels of disappointment and success during their service.  Ironclad construction and naval strategy in North Carolina were a microcosm of what was happening all over the South. 
This presentation will explore the construction and career of these four ill-fated vessels that never quite lived up to the hopes that were wrapped up in them and the role each played in the Confederate war effort in the Old North State.
The program begins at 1 p.m. in the Orientation Room of the Bob Julian Roundhouse. Regular museum admission applies. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and active military and $3 for children (3-12). Admission plus the museum’s onsite train ride is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and active military and $6 for children (3-12)
Andrew Duppstadt has a BA and MA in history from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  He is the Assistant Curator of Education for the North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites.  He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor of History at Coastal Carolina Community College and Craven Community College.  He resides in Jacksonville.
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About the N.C. Transportation Museum
The N.C. Transportation Museum, located in historic Spencer Shops, the former Southern Railway repair facility is located just five minutes off I-85 at Exit 79 in Spencer, N.C., and about an hour from Charlotte, Greensboro or Winston-Salem. The museum is part of the Division of Historic Sites and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About the 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. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit