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The South’s First Ironclad

Friday, November 17, 2023

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

In Person | Virtual

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John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center

About the Lecture

Looking more like a turtle’s shell, CSS Manassas was commissioned in September 1861. It was the Civil War’s first ironclad. Manassas, coupled with the transformation of Merrimack into CSS Virginia, prompted the establishment of the US Navy’s Ironclad Board. Capt. Charles H. Davis, Flag Officer Hiram Paulding, and Flag Officer Joseph Smith selected three armorclads for construction, including USS Monitor.

Attendees are welcome to send comments or questions to John, and he will answer them following his talk.

John V. Quarstein

Registration information:

Location: Explorers Theater
Seating is limited. Advance registration is required.

In person 

Free for Museum Members.
Included in $1 admission


This lecture is livestreamed
and free to watch online.

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Image Credit:
CSS Manassas. Wash drawing by R.G. Skerrett, 1904. Courtesy Naval History and Heritage Command, NH 608.

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