Civil War Lecture: Battle of Galveston

The Mariners' Museum & Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States 100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606


  • FREE with Museum Admission: $0.00

FREE with Museum admission

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center

Learn about the epic battle between two wooden "cottonclads," CSS Neptune and CSS Westfield, and six Union ships. Hear about the surprising defeat of a Union ship, USS Harriet.

When Major General Prince John Magruder was assigned commander of the district of Texas, he immediately sought to regain the fame he had achieved on the Virginia Peninsula as the "Hero of Bethel." On 1 January 1863, Magruder organized a land and naval attack on the Federal forces occupying Galveston, Texas. Using two cotton-clads, CSS Bayou City and CSS Neptune, the Confederates were able to force the destruction of USS Westfield and capture the USRMS Harriet Lane. Galveston would remain under Confederate control until the war's conclusion.