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After USS Monitor

Saturday, March 11, 2023

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

In Person

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John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center

About the Lecture

The success of USS Monitor during the Battle of Hampton Roads prompted the Union to greatly expand the construction of monitors. Some classes, like the Passaic-class, were significant improvements over Monitor. Other classes, such as the Casco-class, were abject failures. While all monitors had some serious limitations, they could be mass-produced making it possible for monitors to be placed everywhere, aiding in strangling the Confederacy into submission. The US Navy would use Civil War-era monitors into the 20th century.

John V. Quarstein

This lecture is part of the
Battle of Hampton Roads Commemoration Day

Registration information:

Registration is required. Seating is limited.

Location: Explorers Theater
Seating is limited. Registration required.

In person ONLY

Free for Museum Members.
Included in $1 admission

Book signing

John V. Quarstein
Museum Gift Shop • 12 p.m.

Come meet John V. Quarstein where he will autograph his books for guests and fans. Quarstein is a renowned historian and author of 20 books, including the Monitor Boys and CSS Virginia. He has also produced, narrated and written several PBS documentaries, including the film series “Civil War in Hampton Roads,” a Silver Telly Award Winner.

Many of John’s books are available for purchase at the Museum Gift Shop or online.

Members receive 10% OFF Gift Shop purchases with a code.
Email [email protected] to get your Member discount code.

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Image credit: USS Keokuk Plans, 1860s. Artist unknown. From Donald L. Canney: The Old Steam Navy. Volume two. The Ironclads 1842–1885.

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