Saturday, October 8, 2011

Journey to Cape Fear

A book review by Ben Steelman in the June 20th Wilmington (NC) Star News Bookmarks column.

"Journey to Cape Fear: The Prices of Brunswick County" by Michael L. Price, $7.95 available at the Southport Visitors Center.

This book is also about the Pivers (Huguenots from France), Coxes, Craigs, Cumbees Swans, Willketses, Hewitts, Tharps and other families in the area.

There is a chapter on the 30th North Carolina State Troops which served at Antietam, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Another chapter is on blockade-running (mostly about the General Beauregard (of particular interest to me because that was the ship sunk off Carolina Beach in front of my grandparents' cottage. I spent much time watching the top of the ship which still can be seen.).

There is information on the Cape Fear pilots who guided ships across the bar and on the river. Obviously, there is a lot of history of the Price family, the history of the Price's Creek Lighthouses, Fort Fisher and, for some reason, General Francis Marion (the Swampfox?).

I look forward to reading this book.

Good Old Cape Fear History. --Old B-R'er

1 comment:

pete said...

Thanks for the tip - I passed it along to my Dad who picked one up yesterday. Just an FYI, the price is currently $25.