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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.

  • 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.

  • HRPE during WWII: Innovators in Aviation

    • Military
    • Military Conflict
    • Photography
    • Technology
    • Women's History

    WAVES fulfilled various positions and worked at Naval bases across the US, ranging from yeoman to chauffeur, baker to pharmacist, and artist to aircraft mechanic. Most WAVES worked in naval aviation units–maintaining aircraft, testing parachutes, and working as domestic air traffic controllers or weather specialists.

  • The Siege of Fort Pulaski

    • Civil War
    • Military
    • Military Conflict

    The capture of Fort Pulaski on the mouth of the Savannah River had many significant implications. When the fort surrendered on April 11, 1862, it closed the port of Savannah. Accordingly, cotton exports had to be transported to Charleston or Wilmington to reach European markets

  • Brigadier General Samuel Chapman Armstrong

    • Civil War
    • Military
    • Military Conflict

    Samuel Chapman Armstrong was the founder of Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University). A native of Hawaii, he fought with the Union army during the Civil War.

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