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Civil War Lecture: Civil War Siege of Yorktown

May 23 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center

Lecture begins at 2:30 PM

Civil War lectures are free with Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. Reserve seats below.
The lecture will be held in a classroom in the Museum. Please confirm upon check in at Visitor Services the classroom and location of the lecture.

On April 4, 1862, Union General George Brinton McClellan began his march up the Virginia Peninsula to capture Richmond. The next day, his 121,000-strong army’s path was blocked along the Warwick River and before Yorktown by the 13,000-man Army of the Peninsula, commanded by Confederate General John Bankhead Magruder. Magruder created an illusion of greater strength causing the Union advance to be delayed for one month. This helped defeat McClellan outside the Confederate capital.

Join Quarstein after the lecture for a signing of his book, Seige of Yorktown at the Museum’s gift shop.



May 23
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM


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