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Civil War Lecture: Long, Hot Summer 1862

July 22 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Headshot photos of John V. Quarstein & Robert Bailey

John V. Quarstein


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

About the presentation:

Following Union defeat during the battle of Drewry’s Bluff on May 15, 1862, USS Monitor was assigned to help defend the Army of the Potomac’s encampment at Harrison’s Landing. The crew, terrorized by mosquitos and flies, fried in eastern Virginia’s intense heat and humidity. Living on an ironclad during the summer was demoralizing, distracting, not to mention boring, with nothing to do but drink, gamble, and write letters home. Somehow the crew and the ironclad survived that tortuous summer.

Attending in person?
This lecture is free with $1 admission, and free for Mariners’ Museum Members. Seating is limited. 
Watching remotely?
This lecture is free to watch online, and you may register below.



Civil War Lecture:
Long, Hot Summer 1862: USS Monitor on the James
Friday, July 22, 2022 • 12 p.m. (ET)

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

In person  
Free for Museum Members • $1 for guests

Free to watch online

Image credit: USS Monitor’s crew on deck in the James River, 1862. Naval History and Heritage Command.

Pre-registration is required.
For additional assistance, questions or support, please contact us at: [email protected].

Can’t attend?
No problem! Many of our programs and lectures are uploaded to our
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July 22
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT


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