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POSTPONED: Who was the Civil War’s first POW?

Friday, April 14, 2023

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

In Person | Virtual

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, this presentation has been postponed.
We apologize for the inconvenience. Stay tuned for a new date!


John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center

About the Lecture

In April 1861, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles sent Lt. John L. Worden on a secret mission. Worden’s duty: give verbal instructions to US Navy warships off Pensacola, Florida, to land soldiers supporting Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island. When he tried to return to Washington, DC, by train, Worden was captured by Confederate authorities and imprisoned in the city jail in Montgomery, Alabama, becoming the Civil War’s first POW. He was exchanged in November 1861 for Lt. William Sharpe, CSN. 

John V. Quarstein

Registration information:

Location: Explorers Theater
Seating is limited. Registration recommended.

In person

Free for Museum Members.
Included in $1 admission


This lecture is livestreamed
and free to watch online.

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(757) 596-2222

Image header:
Columbiad guns of the Confederate water battery at Warrington, Florida, February 1861. J. D. Edwards, photographer. National Archives.

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