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  • Beware, Torpedo Boats!

    Friday, October 14, 2022 12:00 PM

    John V. Quarstein will share proof of the power of iron over wood, and how the Civil War introduced another lasting change to naval warfare - the power of torpedoes.

  • War of the Pacific: The Naval War

    Friday, September 30, 2022 12:00 PM

    Hear from historian John V. Quarstein when he tells of the Naval War of the Pacific and the Chilean ironclad Huȧscar.

  • USS Monitor Center

    • Civil War
    • Conservation
    • USS Monitor

    Experience the fear, the awe, and the excitement during this extraordinary time in our nation’s history.

  • 20th Anniversary of USS Monitor’s Turret Recovery

    2022 marks the 20th anniversary of raising the famous ironclad’s gun turret off the ocean floor, where it sat for 140 years. Just like the innovative weapon, this feat was revolutionary. The divers, archaeologists, engineers - the US Navy, NOAA, and countless others, worked together to accomplish this mission. This video celebrates all of these people who made this happen!

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: Something to Remember

    In this episode, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the recovery of USS Monitor's turret - a story told through this work, a tale to be proud of - to pass on, and something to remember.

  • An Uplifting Story: Recovering Monitor’s Artifacts

    • Civil War
    • Conservation
    • USS Monitor

    On December 31, 1862, USS Monitor was caught in a storm and sank 16 nautical miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in more than 230 feet of water. It is believed the vessel went down stern first, turning over so that its revolutionary 120-ton revolving gun turret separated and became pinned under the ship on the seafloor.

  • Worden and the Rattlesnake

    • Civil War
    • Military
    • Military Conflict

    Commander John Worden would expand his leadership skills during the early days of his command of the Passaic-class ironclad USS Montauk. Shortly after the Montauk arrived in Port Royal Sound, South Carolina, Rear Admiral Samuel Francis du Pont sent Worden and his ironclad to bombard Fort McAllister on the Ogeechee River near Savannah, Georgia.

  • Hot Times on Monitor: One Steaming Summer On The James

    • Civil War
    • Military
    • Military Conflict

    The Union flotilla steamed downriver after its repulse at Drewry’s Bluff to City Point, Virginia. Commander John Rodgers, the flotilla’s leader, recognized that his ships, USS Monitor, USS Galena, USS Naugatuck, USS Port Royal, and USS Aroostook, were needed to support Major General George B. McClellan’s operations against Richmond.

  • April 7, 1863: Worden and the Ironclad Attack on Charleston

    • Civil War
    • Military
    • Military Conflict

    Recently promoted captain, John Lorimer Worden won a significant victory during his operations against Fort McAlister, Georgia. USS Montauk’s XV-inch shellgun destroyed the blockade runner, Rattlesnake, previously known as the raider CSS Nashville.

  • Zouaves on the Virginia Peninsula

    • Civil War
    • Cultural Heritage
    • Military
    • Military Conflict

    Just as the smoke cleared from the scene of the first Confederate victory at Big Bethel, onto the battlefield rapidly marched what would become one of the most colorful, daring, and poorly disciplined units of the Army of the Peninsula: Coppens’ Battalion.

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