Maple in Currituck County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
A Great Escape
When Maple Leaf returned to Fort Monroe and sounded the alarm four hours after the escape, Federal cavalrymen soon rode in pursuit while Federal gunboats prowled Currituck Sound, searching for the fugitives. Confederate local defense Capt. Willis
Maple Leaf continued to function as a troop transport until it struck a Confederate “torpedo” (floating mine) near Jacksonville, Florida, on April 1, 1864. The ship sank in the St. John’s River with its cargo, which included the baggage of three Union regiments. In the 1980s, archaeologists located the wreck—one of the great treasure troves of the Civil War—and salvaged thousands of artifacts.
The nearby community of Maple is named for the ship.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1862.
Location. 36° 24.791′ N, 76° 0.18′ W. Marker is in Maple, North Carolina, in Currituck County. Marker is at the intersection of Caratoke Highway (State Highway 168) and Maple Road, on the right when traveling south on Caratoke Highway. Located in front of the US Post Office. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3452 Caratoke Hwy, Maple NC 27956, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Joseph Pilmoor (approx. 2.4 miles away); Currituck County Courthouse (approx. 2.6 miles away); Currituck County Old Jail (approx. 2.6 miles away); Henry M. Shaw (approx. 5.1 miles away); Yeopim (approx. 5.2 miles away); McKnight’s Shipyard (approx. 5.3 miles away); Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal (approx. 5.4 miles away); a different marker also named Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal (approx. 5.4 miles away).
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photograph with the caption, "Edmond McHorney, seated left, 1898" Courtesy Travis Morris
In the center is a painting of "Maple Leaf" and a photograph of "Artifacts salvaged from Maple Leaf" – Courtesy mapleleafshipwreck.com
On the right is a map of "Confederate escape routes from the Union steamship Maple Leaf" – Courtesy Harry P. Lee, Currituck Co. ITS-GIS
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 1, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 738 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 1, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.