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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 Jeannerett, costumed interpreter

In observance of the Battle of Hampton Roads’ 159th anniversary, join the Mariners’ Interpretation Team and Eric Jeannerett, 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.

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


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