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Virtual Civil War Lecture: Rear Admiral Stephen Decatur Trenchard

December 10, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST


Presented by John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center 

FREE. Advance registration is required.

Join us for a virtual lecture with author and historian John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. Quarstein will give a presentation on the decorated naval career of RADM Stephen Decatur Trenchard.

Viewers are welcome to send any comments or questions to John, and he will answer them following his talk.
About the presentation:
Stephen Decatur Trenchard was born in 1818 in Brooklyn, New York. Named for the great naval hero Stephen Decatur, Trenchard joined the Navy in the 1830s. Trenchard was twice assigned to the Coast Survey. In his ship, USS Vixen, on August 16, 1856, he rescued the British bark Adieu’s crew off Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Queen Victoria presented him with a sword for his heroic actions. While on USS Powhatan, he participated in two rescues, including one during the June 1859 Battle of Taku Forts in China. He commanded the USS Rhode Island and helped save many USS Monitor crew members when the ironclad sank off Cape Hatteras, NC, on December 31, 1862. Trenchard continued to serve in the Navy after the Civil War and was eventually promoted rear admiral. His naval legacy is outstanding based on his rescue operations.

Civil War Lecture: Rear Admiral Stephen Decatur Trenchard
Friday, December 10, 2021 • 12 p.m. (ET)

Image credit: Stephen Decatur Trenchard. Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command, NH 119286.
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December 10, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST


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