Civil War Lecture: Commerce Raider CSS Florida

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Time & Place

    • The Mariners' Museum and Park

      August 15, 2020, 2:30 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


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

FREE with $1 Museum admission


One of the most successful Confederate commerce raiders, CSS Florida, attacked Northern merchant ships throughout the Atlantic Ocean. Lieutenant John Newland Maffitt captained the sloop of war until illness forced him to turn over command to Lt. Charles Morris. But the raider was captured by the USS Wachusetts in Bahia, Brazil. Later, Florida was sunk off Newport News Point, Virginia, on November 28, 1864.


The lecture will be held in a classroom in the Museum. Please confirm room location upon check in at Visitor Services. Reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited.


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