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.
Location: Explorers Theater
Seating is limited. Advance registration is required.
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CSS Manassas. Wash drawing by R.G. Skerrett, 1904. Courtesy Naval History and Heritage Command, NH 608.