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Virtual Civil War Lecture: Naval Intelligence in Hampton Roads (1861-1862)

November 19, 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 how the development of ironclads had a role in naval intelligence during the Civil War.

This lecture is also part of our Hampton Roads History Lecture Series.

Viewers are welcome to send any comments or questions to John, and he will answer them following his talk.
About the presentation:
As the North and South began to build ironclads, rumors were leaked about the various ship construction programs. There was not an effective naval intelligence service during the Civil War. Yet, one successful participant was Major William Norris, CSA. Another was seamstress and Union spy Mary Louvestre, a free Black, of Norfolk. She sent secret messages to Union commanders at Fort Monroe about the USS Merrimack’s transformation into the ironclad CSS Virginia. The Union nor the Confederacy needed to rely on such clandestine information as northern and southern newspapers provided ample material, usually in a boastful manner. All antagonists had to do was to obtain a copy of The New York Times or Mobile Register to find all they needed to know about ironclad development.

Virtual Civil War and Hampton Roads History Lecture:
Naval Intelligence in Hampton Roads (1861 – 1862)
Friday, November 19, 2021 • 12 PM (ET)

Image credit: Colonel William Norris (1820–1896), Chief Signal Officer, Confederate States Army, ca. 1861-65. Photographer unknown. From book: Raines, Rebecca Robbins, Getting the Message Through: A Branch History of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Army Historical Series, Center of Military History, United States Army, 196. Public domain.
John Quarstein

John V. Quarstein
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November 19, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST


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