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Civil War Lecture: Union Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles

June 13 @ 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.

A strong supporter of Abraham Lincoln during the 1860 presidential campaign, Gideon Welles, later nicknamed “Father Neptune,” was named Secretary of the Navy in March 1861. He immediately prepared the US Navy for war. Welles implemented General Winfield Scott’s Anaconda Plan by blockading the South’s coastline, thereby disrupting the Confederates cotton for cannon trade. The blockade was only made possible by the naval expansion conducted by Welles, greatly helping the Union win the war.



June 13
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM


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