Battle of Hampton Roads: Foods & Feasts: A Comparison of Enlisted and Officers Food Aboard USS Monitor

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  • Battle of Hampton Roads: Foods & Feasts: A Comparison of Enlisted and Officers Food Aboard USS Monitor
    • The Mariners' Museum and Park

      March 6, 2021, 11 a.m.

      100 Museum Drive
      Newport News, VA 23606
    • Phone: 757-596-2222
      Highway Exit: 258A from I-64
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Description

Presenters: The Mariners’ Museum Interpretation Team and Eric Jeannerett, volunteer costumed interpreter

 

About the presentation: Fresh and delicious food was not common during wartime, and this was especially true during the Civil War. George Geer, a First-Class Fireman who was stationed aboard the Monitor, wrote in a letter to his wife in May 1862: “On Mondays Wednesdays and Saturdays we have Been Soup or perhaps a better name would be to call it Been Water  I am often tempted to strip off my shirt and make a dive and see if there realy is Beens in the Bottom that gives it the flavor  I think there must be but I seldom see them.”

 

Viewers are welcome to send the Interpretation team and Eric any comments or questions to the presenters, and they will answer following the presentation.