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!
Irvin McDowell was a career US Army staff officer. He attended the College de Troyes in France before graduating from USMA in 1838. He served as an instructor at West Point and then as aide to Major General John Ellis Wool during the Mexican War. During the antebellum era, McDowell primarily served as aide to Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott. Scott named McDowell commander of the new Union army mustering around Washington, DC, in late spring and early summer 1861. Unfortunately, he developed a complex plan to attack the Confederate army defending Bull Run and was defeated at the 1st Battle of Manassas. Named commander of I Corps in early 1862, his command was soundly defeated by Stonewall Jackson during the Shenandoah Campaign and by Robert E. Lee’s army during the Battle of 2nd Manassas. Reassigned to the Department of the Pacific, he did not serve again in an active military campaign during the rest of the Civil War.