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Civil War Lecture:
Admiral Franklin Buchanan: Sink Before Surrender!

March 11 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

John V. Quarstein


Presenter: John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center

About the presentation:
Admiral Franklin Buchanan served in the US Navy for 45 years. His dynamic career witnessed his establishing the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, fighting with distinction during the Mexican War, and commanding USS Susquehanna during the Perry Expedition to Japan. He was commandant of the Washington Navy Yard when the Civil War began. He resigned his commission after the Baltimore Riot on May 19, 1861. Eventually, he joined the Confederate navy. Buchanan was named commander of the James River Defenses with CSS Virginia as his flagship. On March 8, 1862, he led Virginia as the ironclad destroyed USS Cumberland and USS Congress. Wounded during that engagement, he was detailed as commander of the Confederate fleet defending Mobile Bay, Alabama, and was forced to surrender his flagship, CSS Tennessee II, on August 5, 1864.


Advance registration is required whether attending the lecture in person or online.

Attending in person?
This program is free with $1 admission, and free for Mariners’ Museum Members. Seating is limited, and chairs will be spaced out for social distancing in compliance with current CDC safety protocols for COVID-19.
Watching remotely?
This program is free to watch online, and you may register below.

Civil War Lecture | Part of Battle of Hampton Roads Commemoration
Admiral Franklin Buchanan: Sink Before Surrender!

Friday, March 11, 2022 • 12 p.m. (ET)

This Civil War lecture will take place in person in the Museum’s McMullen classroom and livestreamed simultaneously.
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March 11
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST


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