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Civil War Lecture: Samuel Dana Greene, Hero of USS Monitor

Date(s) – September 14, 2019
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Mariners’ Museum and Park,
100 Museum Drive,
Newport News, VA, United States


#civilwar, #marinersmuseum, history, lecture

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.


An 1859 graduate of the US Naval Academy, Samuel Dana Greene was serving aboard USS Hartford when the Civil War erupted. Greene volunteered for service on USS Monitor and was named that ironclad’s executive officer. The young lieutenant commanded the turret during the Battle of Hampton Roads. Due to the wounding of Lt. John Worden at the end of the engagement, Greene was named Monitor’s commander for one day but was later replaced by Lt. Thomas O. Selfridge Jr. Greene continued to serve in the Navy until he committed suicide in 1884, reportedly brought on by his service on Monitor. 


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

FREE with $1 Museum admission

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