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Oct 11

Civil War Lectures this Fall at The Mariners’ Museum

Posted on October 11, 2017 at 10:10 AM by Communications Department

The Mariners’ Museum offers Civil War lectures to highlight the continuing story of the USS Monitor, which is unfolding every day in the Batten Conservation Complex at the museum. Mariners’ Museum and NOAA curatorial and conservation staff present these informative, illustrated lectures on Saturday afternoons at 2:30 PM. Civil War lectures are free with Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. Reserve seats online at lecture

Silk and Rifles: The Southern Belle and the Union Naval Blockade
Saturday, October 14, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
When Abraham Lincoln instituted a naval blockade against southern ports in 1862, the purpose was to deprive the Confederacy of military supplies. It had the unintended effect, however, of preventing upper class women from purchasing imported goods that solidified their status in Confederate society. Faced with the decision of importing silk or rifles through the blockade, blockade runners often chose to transport luxury items for wealthy families rather than necessities for the military. While this decision was criticized as unpatriotic by many, it reflects the hierarchical ideology that defined the antebellum and Civil War south.

Torpedoes: Infernal Machines
Saturday, October 28, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Without a navy when the Civil War erupted, the Confederacy sought new technologies to defend their ports and rivers. Consequently, they developed a system of torpedoes, which aided their defense, sinking several Union ironclads, gunboats, and transports.

It’s Science!
Saturday, November 4, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Are you familiar with the acronyms XRF, FTIR or SEM? Would you like to know why conservators rely on science to guide their treatment choices? During this lecture you’ll learn about the many ways conservators use analytical tools and scientific methods to answer specific questions about artifacts, ultimately enabling their preservation for future generations.

CSS Manassas
Saturday, November 18, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Built on the hull of the tug boat Enoch Train, the Manassas was designed as a one-gun ironclad ram. While conceived to serve as a privateer, she was commandeered by the Confederate Navy. The Manassas attacked the Union blockade at Head of the Passes on October 12, 1861, but she fought the USS Mississippi and was sunk on October 24, 1862, near Fort Jackson, Louisiana.

CSS Nashville
Saturday, December 9, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Confederate Navy introduced commerce to the Civil War when the CSS Nashville sank the merchant marine Harvey Birch. Commerce raiders decimated the American merchant marine and whaling ships; however, the Nashville might have been the first; yet, not the most successful. It was trapped near Savannah, Georgia, and was destroyed by the monitor USS Montauck, captained by Commander John. L. Worden.