JOHN V. QUARSTEIN - THE BATTLE OF MOBILE BAY
Join us on Thursday, March 20th when John V. Quarstein
joins us for an 11th consecutive year to regale us with the facts of what could arguably be considered the most important naval battle of the war.
For those who may not be familiar with our friend, John Quarstein is an award-winning historian, preservationist, lecturer, and author.
He served as director of the Virginia War Museum for over thirty years and, after retirement, continues to work as a historian for the City of Newport News.
is in demand as a speaker throughout the nation.
has been involved in a wide variety of historic preservation initiatives including the creation of Civil War battlefield parks like Redoubt Park in Williamsburg or Lee's Mill Park in Newport News as well as historic house museums such as Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation.
current preservation endeavors feature the Rebecca Vaughan House, Lee Hall Depot, Causey's Mill, Big Bethel Battlefield and Fort Monroe
also serves on several boards and commissions such as Virginia Civil War Trails
, Virginia War
of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
Advisory Council and the Newport News Sesquicentennial Commission
is the author of fourteen books, including Fort Monroe
: The Key to the South
, A History of Ironclads: The Power of Iron Over Wood, Big Bethel: The First Battle, and The Monitor Boys: The Crew of the Union's First Ironclad.
newest book is Sink Before Surrender: The CSS Virginia
also has produced, narrated and written several PBS documentaries, such as Jamestown
: Foundations of Freedom
and the film series Civil War in Hampton Roads, which was awarded a 2007 Silver Telly.
latest film, Hampton From The Sea To The Stars, was a 2011 Bronze Telly winner.
more recent film projects have been Pyrates of the Chesapeake and Tread of theTyrants Heel: Virginia's War of 1812 Experience.
is the recipient of the national Trust for Historic Preservation's 1993 President's Award for Historic Preservation; the Civil War Society's Preservation Award in 1996; the United Daughters of the Confederacy's Jefferson Davis Gold Medal in 1999; and the Daughters of the American Revolution Gold Historians Medal in 2009.
lifelong interest in Tidewater Virginia's Civil War experience, Quarstein
is an avid duck hunter and decoy hunter and decoy collector.
lives on Old Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, and on his
family's Eastern Shore farm near Chestertown, Maryland.
Thursday, March 20, 2014: John Quarstein on The Battle of Mobile Bay