Join us on Friday, August 14 at 12 p.m. for a YouTube Live event with author and historian John V. Quarstein! Quarstein will give a 30-minute virtual presentation from his home in Hampton, Virginia, about the first wooden warship to sink an ironclad. Viewers are welcome to send Quarstein any comments or questions during the presentation, and he will answer them following his talk.
About this presentation: The first ocean-going paddler, this US Navy steamer launched May 5, 1841, and served under the command of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry during the siege of Veracruz in the Mexican-American War. Perry took Mississippi to Japan to “open” that country to American trade. The ship also served in the East India Squadron during the 2nd Opium War. Assigned to the Gulf Coast Blockading Squadron, Mississippi captured Key West, Florida, and then served during Admiral David G. Farragut’s capture of New Orleans. The steamer Mississippi is credited with being the first wooden warship to sink an ironclad. It was lost when it ran aground on March 14, 1863, at Port Hudson, Louisiana.
Image credit: Battle of Port Hudson. J.O. Davidson, artist.; facsimile print by L. Prang & Co., 1887. Courtesy of Library of Congress.