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African American Medal of Honor Recipients during the Civil War

February 19 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

John Quarstein

John V. Quarstein

(Part of Civil War Lecture Series)

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

Join us for a virtual lecture with author and historian John V. Quarstein when he presents on African Americans who fought in the Civil War to free their people from slavery. Viewers are welcome to send Quarstein any comments or questions during the presentation, and he will answer following his talk.

About the presentation:
Their brave service beyond the call of duty helped to propel the Union to victory during this bloody conflict. Each of the 25 African American Medal of Honor recipients performed heroic deeds as they fought  to free the rest of their people still held in bondage. Black sailors, like Ordinary Seaman Joachim Pease, proved his mettle when serving as a loader on the USS Hartford’s gun No. 2 during the Battle of Mobile Bay. He was highly lauded for his gallantry under fire, thus earning the Medal of Honor. His motivation, along with that of the others awarded the Medal of Honor distinction, helped change the course of American history.

Civil War Lecture: African American Medal of Honor Recipients during the Civil War
February 19 • 12 p.m. (EST)

Check out our complete listing of the programs this month that recognize the rich history and culture of Blacks, Africans, and African Americans who helped to shape the world!


Image credit: Ordinary Seaman Joachim Pease. Inset from An August Morning with Farragut: The Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864, ca. 1863. William Overend, artist. Public domain.


February 19
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


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