Fort Wool: Star-Spangled Banner Rising

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Fort Wool, now a quiet historical landmark, has been witness to some of the most influential figures and events in American history. Originally named for John C. Calhoun, the fortress felt Andrew Jackson walk the ramparts as he retreated from the bustle and politics of Washington, saw Abraham Lincoln direct the shelling and invasion of nearby Norfolk during the Civil War, and guarded one of the country's most important harbors in two world wars. In this volume, J. Michael Cobb, curator of the Hampton History Museum, presents the fascinating tale of presidents and slaves, soldiers, and civilians, all linked by the stone fortress rising from the waters of the Chesapeake. Cobb paints a vivid picture of a landmark that has endured for centuries in the shifting sands, heavy weather, and swift currents of history.
ISBN: 9781596295742
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Series: Landmarks
Images: 108
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
J. Michael Cobb has served as curator for the Hampton History Museum for 25 years. He was responsible for renovating and reopening Fort Wool to the public in the 1980s. In addition, he founded and directs the Port Hampton Lecture Series and teaches part time in the Hampton University History Department. He has written one book—Hampton, Virginia (Arcadia, 2008)—and several articles for history journals, including Notes on Virginia and Virginia at War. In addition, he has helped to shape three museums, including the Virginia Air & Space Museum. He is something of a local celebrity in the Hampton Roads area, as he has done TV and radio spots and hosts lectures.
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