2013 Annual Meeting and Symposium

 North Carolina's Role in the War of 1812

Symposium and Annual Business Meeting of the North Carolina Military Historical Society
May 11, 2013,  NC Museum of History, Raleigh, NC


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Jeff Bockert currently serves as the East Region Supervisor for the North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites based in Kinston, N.C. Jeff also currently serves on the N.C. Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee as well as the N.C. War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee. Jeff has worked in the historic site and museum field for almost twenty years. Prior to arriving in Kinston, he served as the Civil War Specialist for N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Jeff’s previous work experience includes managing the President James K. Polk Birthplace, Associate Curator on the Battleship North Carolina and work at the National Archives in Washington, DC. He has also worked as a college history instructor and is the author of several works on presidential and military history. He has been published in works such as White House Studies and Public Historian. Jeff received both his undergraduate degree in American History and his master’s degree in European History from UNC-Wilmington.

A former Covert Narcotics Agent in the United States Army and Technical Services Division Commander with the Fayetteville Police Department, Bruce is the Historic Properties Manager for the City of Fayetteville and serves as Curator of the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum. Major Daws, as Bruce is better known, is a renowned local historian, tour guide, and former United States Army officer. He has served as commander of the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry, a position of honor to which he has been continuously elected by the membership, since 1984. In addition, he has served on various boards and commissions throughout his distinguished career.

Andrew Duppstadt is the Assistant Curator of Education for the North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites. He has a BA in history and an MA in public history from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he served as Teaching Assistant to renowned Civil War historian Chris Fonvielle. Previously, he has worked at the CSS Neuse State Historic Site, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens, and the Carteret County Historical Society.

Andrew also serves as an Adjunct Instructor of History at UNC-Pembroke, Coastal Carolina Community College, and Craven Community College. He is a founding member and President of a living history group called the Carolina Living History Guild. Andrew currently lives in Kinston, NC.

A Senior Museum specialist with the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, New Orleans native Jim Greathouse is a 21-year veteran of the United States Air Force and graduate of Methodist University. In addition, he serves as the Historic Properties Coordinator for the City of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Jim helps oversee and is responsible for the historical content of exhibit panels and educational programming at two museums, the North Carolina Veteran’s Park, and several historic buildings. He is a member of the North Carolina War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee and co-chairs the Living History sub-committee and sits on the Exhibits, Coastal Conference, and the Events and Programs sub-committees. An educator and historian, Jim is currently researching the history of the U.S. Schooner Alligator, a Jeffersonian gunboat that saw active service in both North and South Carolina waters during the War of 1812. He hopes to have the research published during the bicentennial. Married to Leisa Greathouse, the Curator of Education at the Museum of the Cape Fear, Jim has used their love of sailing and maritime history as a naval living historian and member of the Carolina Living History Guild where he educates the public on aspects of life at sea during the Age of Sail. He demonstrates the art of navigation to visitors at various programs around the State of North Carolina.



The annual symposium and general membership meeting of the “North Carolina Military Historical Society” is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Raleigh, in the Long Leaf Pine Room of the North Carolina Museum of History. The symposium is free of charge to any who wish to attend, and no prior registration is required unless you wish to reserve a $5.00 sub-sandwich lunch. Meals will only be available for those who reserve one no later than Monday, May 1st by emailing the Society at ncmilhistsoc@yahoo.com, or calling the Society President at (910) 897-7968. Meals will be payable at registration.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “North Carolina’s Role in the War of 1812.” The meeting will last from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and feature four outstanding speakers offering presentations on various aspects of our state's participation in our “Second War for Independence.” Free parking is plentiful and adjacent to the museum.

Though North Carolina did not play as extensive a role in the war as some other states, her contribution was significant none the less. Mr. Jeff Bockert, East Region Supervisor for the North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites based in Kinston, N.C., will speak on the role of the state’s militia, as well as North Carolinians in the regular Army. Major Bruce Daws, Commander of the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry, North Carolina’s oldest militia organization, will discuss the martial activities of the FILI between 1812 and 1815. The war at sea will be covered by two well qualified speakers. Mr. Jim Greathouse, historian with the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, will outline Tar Heel coastal defense efforts, including the construction of the United States schooner “Alligator” (Gunboat #166); and, Mr. Andrew Duppstadt, Assistant Curator of Education with the North Carolina Division of Historic Sites, will offer a presentation on the war at sea, including sailor life, the value of privateers such as Captain Otway Burns and the “Snap Dragon,” and Captain Johnston Blakeley of the United States warship WASP.

Living historians will be on hand displaying the uniforms, weapons and accoutrements of the War of 1812, and to discuss the life of the common soldier and tactics of the day.

Several potential lunch-time or post-sympo
sium activities are available. Attendees may take a self-guided tour of the North Carolina Museum of History’s new Chronology exhibit and its permanent North Carolina military history gallery, “A Call to Arms,” on the third floor. Adjacent to the museum is the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, and a block away is the State Archives of North Carolina for those interested in historical or genealogical research. North Carolina’s 1840 Capitol Building stands just across the street from the Museum of History.

The Society will sponsor raffles throughout the day for donated items. Funds generated from the sale of raffle tickets help defray the cost of the symposium, publication of the Society’s semi-annual magazine “Recall,” and support the Society’s own “North Carolina Military History Museum” at Kure Beach, North Carolina. Donations for the raffle are greatly appreciated and may include books, magazines, prints, figures, uniforms, artifacts, and like items. If you have items you wish to donate they may be hand-carried to the meeting or mailed to the North Carolina Military Historical Society, c/o Sion H. Harrington III, 503 South 11th Street, Erwin, North Carolina 28339-2715. Questions regarding potential donation items may be directed to the Society via email at
ncmilhistsoc@yahoo.com, or by calling (910) 897-7968.

A meeting of the Society’s Board of Directors will follow the close of the symposium.

The North Carolina Military Historical Society cordially invites you to learn about “North Carolina’s Role in the War of 1812.” Mark your calendar and join us for a day of interesting speakers, fascinating information, and good fellowship!