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.
Christmas Day 1862 was a joyful day for the Monitor Boys. Great food, cannon demonstrations and comradeship filled the hearts and minds of the heroes of Hampton Roads. Yet, that evening their thoughts turned serious as Capt. John Pyne Bankhead told them of the order sending Monitor south. They all knew their ship was unseaworthy, and some feared passing Cape Hatteras. The USS Monitor left Hampton Roads under the tow of USS Rhode Island on 29 December. It encountered a fierce storm on the afternoon of 30 December. Heavy seas overwhelmed the ironclad with only 47 of its crew of 63 surviving as Monitor sank in the early morning of 31 December. Indeed, the little ship that had saved the nation was no more.RSVP Here