The Carrabelle History Museum will present “The Civil War: Loss & Peril on the Forgotten Coast” this Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to noon at the upstairs meeting room at C-Quarters Marina, 501 St. James Avenue (US 98), Carrabelle.

Come discover another compelling story about the loss and perils of the Civil War along the Forgotten Coast with historian and author, Dale Cox. There is no admission fee for this program.

Explore why May 1863 was a perilous time here, with two major tragedies - the explosion of the warship “CSS Chattahoochee” on the Apalachicola River and the hurricane that hit the coast between Apalachicola and St. Marks. The deadly explosion that wrecked the CSS Chattahoochee, the most powerful operational warship to cruise the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River system, was Florida's greatest naval disaster of the Civil War.

Cox is the author of more than one dozen books on Southern history and culture, including his newest, "The Fort at Prospect Bluff: History of the Negro Fort on the Apalachicola River.” His acclaimed study, "The Battle of Marianna, Florida," was named best in its category by Civil War Books & Authors. Cox has been named to the prestigious Bonnie Blue Society for Southern writers.

The program is funded in part by the Tourist Development Council. For more information, contact Tamara Allen at the Carrabelle History Museum at 697-2141 or