Civil War Lecture: Contraband of War Decision

August 09, 2020 - 02:30 pmAugust 09, 2020 - 03:30 pmJanuary 11, 2020, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States 100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606


  • Free with Admission: $1

Saturday, January 11, 2020 • 2:30 p.m. Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center

On May 24, 1861, three slaves - Fred Baker, James Townsend, and Sheppard Mallory - escaped from building fortifications at Sewell's Point and went onto Fort Monroe to claim their freedom. Major General B. F. Butler refused to return the slaves to their owner, Charles King Mallory, and named the men as "Contraband of War." Butler's astute political decision began the Civil War's evolution from a war between the states to a conflict about freedom.

FREE with $1 Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited.he lecture will be held in a classroom in the Monitor Center. Please confirm upon check in at Visitor Services the classroom and location of the lecture.