Civil War Discussion: Battle of Memphis

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  • Civil War Discussion: Battle of Memphis
    • The Mariners' Museum and Park

      April 3, 2020, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

      100 Museum Drive
      Newport News, VA 23606
    • Phone: 757-596-2222
      Highway Exit: 258A from I-64
      Website: Click here to visit us online


Visit the Museum on Friday afternoon to enjoy lunch in the Mariners’ Park Café and stimulating Civil War discussion with renowned historian, John Quarstein. There is no charge to participate. Lunch will be available for purchase at the café!


The June 6, 1862 battle of Memphis actually began when the Confederate Defense Fleet surprised the Union Mississippi Squadron near Fort Pillow, Tennessee, on May 10, 1862. The Confederate rams sank two Union ironclads, USS Mound City and USS Cincinnati. The Federals struck back as the citizens of Memphis watched. The Confederate squadron was totally destroyed, enabling the Union to move closer toward Vicksburg.