Today marks the 295th anniversary of the death of Edward Teach. On this date in 1718 (according to the Julian calendar) Lt. Robert Maynard of the British Royal Navy engaged Blackbeard in a naval battle just offshore of Springer's Point on Ocracoke Island.
At the conclusion of fierce hand-to-hand combat Blackbeard finally succumbed after receiving 20 wounds from swords and 5 wounds from pistols. His head was severed from his body and carried to various ports in North Carolina and Virginia as a grim message to other buccaneers.
This epic battle is often portrayed as the beginning of the end of the "Golden Age of Piracy."
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1921 letter written by a former slave, Harrison Williams, to Ocracoke native, Martha Ann Howard Wahab. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112113.htm.