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An ironclad blast from the past…

I remember it like it was yesterday. I had visited the D/B Wotan a few days earlier, but was back to the mundane tasks of budgets, meetings, and suchlike. The lift had been scheduled for the day before but weather had caused the lift to be postponed. I felt as though I was in a […]

Come out and see us on September 6!

I am so thrilled to be part of this amazing series!  For more info, and directions, go to www.NorfolkCollegiate.org

Protecting History

As I approach graduation, I seem to be continuously fielding questions about my major in undergrad, and my career goals. Usually when I say that I’ve studied history and wish to work in museums, I get the glazed eyes and the confused, “why?” which usually sounds more like “why on Earth would you want to […]

Ironclad Legends

In early March of 1862, the ironclad ships of both the Confederacy and the Union finally encountered one another and engaged in a naval battle that would forever change naval technology. Even at the time, back in 1862, many people understood that this one encounter was a monumental event. Amazingly enough, one of the perks […]

Sealing the Confederate Coffin

Hi everyone, and welcome to the Civil War Connections blog! My name is Kelly, and I’ll be blogging this semester as an intern at The Mariners’ Museum.  I’m currently a senior at Christopher Newport University, and I’m studying both History and English Literature. As a self proclaimed history nerd, I’m a huge fan of studying […]

The Last Voyage of the USS Monitor

On Christmas Eve 1862, orders came in for the USS Monitor to proceed to Beaufort, North Carolina, then presumably to Charleston, though it was not stated in the orders.[1] On Christmas Day, both officers and crew observed the holiday with both work and festive food and drink. Some of the crew had leave to go […]

Roll, Alabama, Roll!: CSS Alabama Flag is one of Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts for 2012

She was born an ocean away – purpose-built in Liverpool, England to wreak havoc on the commerce of the Union.  Two years later she met her end in the waters off Cherbourg, France – a victim of the USS Kearsarge.  She was the CSS Alabama – arguably one of the most notorious ships of the […]

So Fill to Me the Parting Glass

Hey there folks, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: sadly, today is the last day of my internship with The Mariners’ Museum. I have worked not only on your favorite Connections blog, but also on several artifacts and the Library’s Port of Call blog. Although I shall return […]

Drawn Conflict

Hello folks, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: I have a soft spot (nay, a weakness) in my heart for cookies. When I’m feeling sad and lonely, there’s a service they can render… I’ve told the ones who love me, only they can be so warm and tender… […]

Shot and Shell

Howdy folks, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: I once went to New York City on a field trip in high school, where we had a lot of fun watching the Broadway shows “Spamalot” and “The Lion King.” We sadly didn’t get to see the Statue of Liberty […]