YouTube Live Event: CSS Albemarle

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    • The Mariners' Museum and Park

      May 29, 2020, 2 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


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Join The Mariners’ Museum and Park on Friday, May 29 at 2 p.m. for a YouTube Live event with author and historian John V. Quarstein! Quarstein will give a 15-minute presentation live from his home in Hampton, Virginia on CSS Albemarle. Viewers are welcome to send Quarstein any comments or questions during the presentation, and he will answer them following his talk.


About the presentation: The ironclad ram CSS Albemarle was one of the South's most successful ironclads. Built in a cornfield near Scotland Neck, North Carolina, the ironclad moved down the Roanoke River to attack the Union warships defending the river port town of Plymouth, North Carolina. On April 19, 1864, Albemarle sank USS Southfield and damaged USS Miami. This enabled the Confederates to recapture the town. The ironclad Albemarle then fought the entire Union North Carolina Squadron to a draw on May 5, 1864, in Albemarle Sound. The ironclad's success prompted the Federals to send Lieutenant William Cushing to destroy Albemarle with a spar torpedo on October 27, 1864.