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Battle of Hampton Roads Series:
Foods and Feasts

March 6 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST


Presenters: The Mariners’ Museum Interpretation Team and Eric Jeanneret, costumed interpreter

In observance of the Battle of Hampton Roads’ 159th anniversary, join the Mariners’ Interpretation Team and Eric Jeanneret, a longtime costumed interpreter, as they reveal important details about the history of Civil War food and present a comparison of food for enlisted and officers aboard USS Monitor.

About the presentation:
Fresh and delicious food was not common during wartime, and this was especially true during the Civil War. George Geer, a First-Class Fireman who was stationed aboard Monitor, wrote in a letter to his wife in May 1862: “On Mondays Wednesdays and Saturdays we have Been Soup or perhaps a better name would be to call it Been Water. I am often tempted to strip off my shirt and make a dive and see if there realy is Beens in the Bottom that gives it the flavor. I think there must be but I seldom see them.”

Foods and Feasts: A Comparison of Enlisted and Officers Foods aboard USS Monitor
March 6 • 11 a.m. (EST)

Viewers are welcome to send any comments or questions to the Mariner’s Interpretation Team and Eric, and they will answer following the presentation.

In observance of the Battle of Hampton Roads’ upcoming 159th anniversary, The Mariners’ Museum and Park will offer virtual programming on Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6 to commemorate the famous Civil War Battle that changed modern naval history forever. Check out our complete series of the programs being offered about this historic event.

Pre-registration for this program is required.
For more information, contact: [email protected].

Can’t make the live program?
No problem! Many of our virtual programs are uploaded to our YouTube Channel shortly afterwards.



March 6
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
(757) 596-2222