Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center
Lecture begins at 2:30 PM
Civil War lectures are free with Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. Reserve seats below.
The lecture will be held in a classroom in the Museum. Please confirm upon check in at Visitor Services the classroom and location of the lecture.
Gustavus Vasa Fox was appointed midshipman in 1838 and served during the Mexican War on the brig USS Washington. He resigned his commission in 1856 to go into wool manufacturing. Fox volunteered for naval service just before the Civil War erupted. Fox took command of the steamer Baltic in an effort to take supplies to the besieged Fort Sumter, but arrived too late. He was only able to return the garrison to the North after the fort’s surrender. Fox was named Assistant Secretary of the Navy on August 1, 1861, and played a major role guiding the US Navy to victory.