JOHN V. QUARSTEIN - PRINCE JOHN MAGRUDER
This month, the PCWRT
celebrates its 10th Anniversary with the only speaker to have presented to our group, each and every one of our ten years.
In March 2003, our members and guests were introduced to John Bankhead Magruder, and in celebration of that event, we will revisit "Prince John" with our own "prince," John V. Quarstein
John V. Quarstein is an award-winning historian, preservationist, lecturer, and author.
He served as historian for the city of Hampton's 400th anniversary.
He previously worked for thirty years as the director of the Virginia War Museum and as consultant to The Mariners' Museum's MONITOR Center.
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.
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, is a Bronze Telly winner.
current film projects are PYRATES OF THE CHESAPEAKE and TREAD OF THE TYRANTS HEEL: VIRGINIA'S WAR
OF 1812 EXPEREINCE.
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.
Those five were Bobby, Max, Sam Craghead, my husband John
, and me.
Due to bad weather, that meeting was cancelled, making our first meeting in March 2003 with John Quarstein
I'm glad to see that his
topic tonight is the same as in 2003 because no one could should miss John's presentation on Prince John Magruder.
has been the Roundtable's March speaker (except for 2009 in February); tonight is his
I was blessed to work so closely with the group's founders, Max Travis, Bobby Wilcox, Sam Craghead, John
& Susan Weigly, not to mention all of the other dedicated volunteers who came after, including our current Leadership.
Celebrate the PCWRT's 10th Anniversary with John Quarstein
speaking on Prince John Magruder.
Thursday, March 21, 2013