A Great EscapeCurrituck County played a vital role in a prisoner-of-war escape in 1863. At 1:30 P.M. on June 10, the troop-transport steamer Maple Leaf sailed from Fort Monroe, Va., for Fort Delaware, carrying 97 captured Confederate officers bound for the prisoner-of-war camp at Johnson's Island in Ohio. Two hours later, the prisoners overpowered the twelve-man guard and took over the ship, then escaped in small boats south of Cape Henry. About thirty officers, most of them wounded, remained aboard and returned to Fort Monroe. The seventy escapees went ashore on the Currituck Banks in North Carolina, trekked south down the beach to a salt works, were ferried by Edmond McHorney and others across Currituck Sound, and camped south of the county courthouse, which Federal troops occupied. The party split into smaller groups, and B.F. McHorney led them across Indian Ridge to the Great Dismal Swamp.
|Placed By||North Carolina Civil War Trails|
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|Date Added||Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 2:59am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 410074 N 4030245|
|Decimal Degrees||36.41318333, -76.00300000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 24.791', W 76° 0.18'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 24' 47.46" N, 76° 0' 10.80" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 3449 Caratoke Hwy, Maple NC 27956, US|
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