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Civil War Lecture: The Siege of Port Hudson

Saturday, August 10, 2019, 9:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Join John Quarstein, renowned historian and director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, as he teaches about the intriguing maritime history of the Civil War. This long-running series explores the ships, personalities, technologies, and battles that would shape our nation for the next 150 years.

This siege was the final action associated with the Union's effort to control the Mississippi River. Port Hudson was commanded by Gen. Franklin Gardner, where his gun emplacements overlooking the river defeated a portion of Adm. David Glasgow Farragut's fleet on March 13, 1863. Union General Nathaniel Banks did not formally begin his operations until May 22, 1863. Banks's first two assaults against the Confederate entrenchments failed, resulting in a siege that lasted until July 9, 1863, when Port Hudson surrendered. President Lincoln then said, the “Father of all rivers now flows unvexed into the sea.”

The lecture will be held in a classroom in the Monitor Center. Reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited.

Cost: FREE with $1 Museum admission
Phone: (757) 596-2222
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