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Civil War Discussions

Back by popular demand!
Live and in person

Civil War Discussion
returns to The Mariners’ Museum!

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

Lower Lobby of The Mariners’ Museum

Visit us on select Friday afternoons for a lively and informative Civil War discussion.

There is no charge to participate. Advance registration is required as space is limited to 36 people. Due to limited seating, should you find you are unable to attend, please call us to cancel your reservation so that another history fan can attend.

In compliance with CDC’s protocols for COVID and out of concern for your health and safety, tables and chairs will be spaced out for social distancing.

Attendees are welcome to ask John questions, which he will answer following the discussion.


Lunch, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase at the Mariners’ Café! Guests will be allowed to bring their food to the Lower Lobby to enjoy while attending the discussion. Click here to view Cafe menu.



Confederate Heartland Offensive: The Kentucky Campaign
Friday, October 15, 2021 • 12 p.m. (ET)

About the presentation:
The invasion of Kentucky, a border state, was an effort by generals Braxton Bragg and Edmund Kirby Smith to gather supplies and find recruits and turn Kentucky into a Confederate state. Union General Don Carlos Buell failed to block Bragg’s advance, nor did he pursue the Confederate army as it withdrew to Tennessee following the battles of Richmond and Perryville. This campaign is yet another case of poor leadership from both Bragg and Buell.

If we reach capacity, please contact Guest Relations at [email protected] or call (757) 596-2222 to be placed on a waiting list.

Image credit: Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, USA. Artist unknown. Harper’s Weekly, November 1, 1862.