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Civil War Lectures

Keep company with John Quarstein, renowned historian and director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, as he presents on the intriguing maritime history of the Civil War. This long-running series explores the ships, personalities, technologies, and battles that would shape our nation for the next 150 years.

NEW in 2022!

This lecture series is being offered in person in the Museum’s McMullen classroom and livestreamed simultaneously. Advance registration is required.

Advance registration is required whether attending the lecture in person or online.
Attending in person?
This program is free with $1 admission, and free for Mariners’ Museum Members. Seating is limited to 12, and chairs will be spaced six feet apart for social distancing in compliance with current CDC safety protocols for COVID-19. Although not required, wearing a mask is highly encouraged while attending this lecture in person.
Watching remotely?
This program is free to watch online, and you may register below.

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John Quarstein

John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center



Capt. John L. Worden: Master of Monitors

Friday, April 15, 2022 • 12 p.m. (ET)

About the presentation:
Captain John Lorimer Worden wanted to regain the success he achieved as commander of the ironclad USS Monitor. His opportunity came when he was detailed as captain of the monitor USS Montauk. Montauk‘s destruction of CSS Nashville renewed his renown. Worden was then recognized as the most knowledgeable officer concerning monitors. During Admiral DuPont’s April 1863 attack on Charleston’s harbor defenses, Worden’s monitor survived the heavy assault while others did not. Worden assessed the severe damage suffered by Union ironclads and recommended the attack should not be renewed.

Civil War Lecture:
Capt. John L. Worden: Master of Monitors
Friday, April 22, 2022 • 12 p.m. (ET)

In person registration:

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This lecture will be in person in the Museum’s McMullen classroom and livestreamed.
Advance registration is required whether attending in person or watching online.

Pre-registration is required.
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No problem! Many of our programs and lectures are uploaded to our YouTube Channel shortly afterwards.