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Civil War Lecture: Burnside’s Roanoke Island Expedition

April 9 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Presented by John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center

Advance registration is required.

Join us for a virtual lecture with author and historian John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. Quarstein will give a presentation on a series of engagements fought along the North Carolina Coast between February and June 1862 that proved to be a successful campaign against the Confederacy.

About the lecture:
Lieutenant General Winfield Scott’s Anaconda Plan truly took shape when Major General George McClellan named Brigade General Ambrose Burnside to capture Roanoke Island and the North Carolina sounds. Burnside recruited a Coastal Division and planned the expedition in concert with Flag Officer Louis Goldsborough’s North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. This combined force captured Roanoke Island on February 8, 1862, and destroyed Flag Officer William Lynch’s North Carolina Squadron at Elizabeth City. Now controlling the Albemarle and Crotan sounds, Burnside woud next advance against New Bern and Beaufort to complete Union control of the North Carolina sounds.

Civil War Lecture: Burnside’s Roanoke Island Expedition
April 9 • 12 p.m. (EST)

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

Image credit: The Burnside expedition landing at Roanoke Island – February 7th. Roanoke Island North Carolina, 1862. E. Sachse & Co., Lithographer. Photograph. Courtesy of Library of Congress.
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April 9
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
(757) 596-2222