The Mariners’ Park Café / Open to the Public
Visit the Museum on Friday afternoon to enjoy lunch in the Mariners’ Park Café and stimulating Civil War discussion with renowned historian, John Quarstein. There is no charge to participate. Lunch will be available for purchase at the café!
The June 6, 1862 battle of Memphis actually began when the Confederate Defense Fleet surprised the Union Mississippi Squadron near Fort Pillow, Tennessee, on May 10, 1862. The Confederate rams sank two Union ironclads, USS Mound City and USS Cincinnati. The Federals struck back as the citizens of Memphis watched. The Confederate squadron was totally destroyed, enabling the Union to move closer toward Vicksburg.