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The Ship that Tried to Save the Union: USS Pawnee

Friday, April 12, 2024

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

In Person | Virtual

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John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center

About the Lecture

The gunboat Pawnee was part of a force tasked with reinforcing Ft. Sumter, but it arrived too late to save the fort. Six days after Sumter’s surrender, Flag Officer Hiram Paulding used Pawnee as a relief force to save Gosport Navy Yard from capture by the Confederates. Paulding arrived too late to stop the abandonment of the largest navy yard in the United States. Union soldiers, Marines, and sailors then helped lay waste to Gosport. Unfortunately, the yard’s destruction was not complete, which enabled the Confederate Navy to build CSS Virginia.

Registration information:

Location: Explorers Theater
Seating is limited. Advance registration is required.

John V. Quarstein

In person

Free for Museum Members.
Included in $1 admission.


This lecture is livestreamed
and free to watch online.

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Image credit:

USS Pawnee, 1859. Courtesy Naval History and Heritage Command,  NH 45362-A.

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