Knotts Island in Currituck County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Salts Works Center
In February 1862 U.S. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's expedition occupied the Outer Banks. U.S. Navy Lt. William N. Jeffers, commander of USS Underwriter, wrote “The ultimate destination of this force was to the destruction of some salt works, said near Old Currituck Inlet.” After talking to residents on both sides of the sound, however, he decided that “the capacity of salt-making establishments had been greatly exaggerated; in fact, that no works existed. A few shed and hovels sheltered some kettles in which the people make a small
In December 1863, Union Gen. Edward Wild led an expedition from Virginia into Currituck County. He took hostages in retaliation for alleged Confederate mistreatment of Federal prisoners and ordered that houses of Confederate “guerillas” be destroyed. Union Col. Alonzo G. Draper burned several dwellings here on Knotts Island including that of William White. When White's wife told Draper that “there will be no houses left standing on this island,” Draper deduced that she was threatening Unionists' houses. He was dissuaded from taking her prisoner because she was about to give birth. He took her daughter 23-yer old Nancy White, instead, and transported her to Pongo Bridge, Va., where he got in a jurisdictional dispute with Lt. Col. Frederick F. Wead. Words were exchanged, Wead filed charges against Draper, and a court martial was held. On January 16, 1864, Gen. Benjamin F. Butler settled the case, and soon released Nancy White. Her
(lower left) View of saltworks, Harper's Weekly, January 14, 1865
(upper center) Plan of saltworks, from Salt: That Necessary Article (1973)
(lower right) Col. Alonzo G. Drper Courtesy U.S. Army Military History Institute
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 30.486′ N, 75° 55.248′ W. Marker is in Knotts Island, North Carolina, in Currituck County. Marker can be reached from Brumley Road 0.2 miles east of South End Road (North Carolina Highway 615), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Knotts Island Ruritan Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 126 Brumley Road, Knotts Island NC 27950, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dividing Line (approx. 2 miles away); Currituck County Old Jail (approx. 6.7 miles away); Currituck County Courthouse (approx. 6.7 miles away); Joseph Pilmoor (approx. 6.7 miles Maple Leaf (approx. 8 miles away); Life on Currituck Sound (approx. 9.4 miles away); Corolla Chapel (approx. 10.2 miles away); Corolla Schoolhouse (approx. 10.2 miles away).
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 26, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.