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USS Monitor Legacy Program: The Ship that Tried to Save the Union: USS Pawnee

April 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

USS Pawnee (1859) (1)


April 12
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


The Mariners’ Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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Join us at The Mariners’ for our popular series, USS Monitor Legacy Program, that highlights the history and lasting impact of USS Monitor through a variety of public events in partnership with the NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, will present the multifaceted history of USS Monitor, and the program will be in person and livestream from the Explorers Theater at the Museum.

Attendees are welcome to send comments or questions to John, and he will answer them following his talk. Advance registration is required whether you attend this event in person or online.

About the presentation:
The gunboat Pawnee was part of a force tasked with reinforcing Ft. Sumter, but it arrived too late to save the fort. Six days after Sumter’s surrender, Flag Officer Hiram Paulding used Pawnee as a relief force to save Gosport Navy Yard from capture by the Confederates. Paulding arrived too late to stop the abandonment of the largest navy yard in the United States. Union soldiers, Marines, and sailors then helped lay waste to Gosport. Unfortunately, the yard’s destruction was not complete, which enabled the Confederate Navy to build CSS Virginia.

Attending in person?
This event is included in $1 admission, and free for Mariners’ Museum Members. Seating is limited.

Watching remotely?
This lecture is free to watch and you may register online.

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