|Ashantilly Center in Darien, GA|
The focus of the talk was the ongoing role of the Civil War navies in the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. Specifically, the role of the Civil War Navy in public memory was mentioned as a critical factor in the ongoing dialog of the Civil War. Now 150 years later, it is more important than ever to commemorate all aspects of the war, both on land and at sea. In the presentation, I discuss three major themes or "trends" that will emerge (or continue to surface) during the remaining years of the sesquicentennial. These three trends are: 1. All Things "Battle of Hampton Roads" 2. African American Involvement and 3. Social Media Utilization. I can only We can see that clearly with the increased focus now on the USS Monitor. Do you agree with these trends? Let me know here, or on our other social media outlets (Facebook, on Twitter @CivilWarNavy).
A special thanks to Cary Knapp and all the folks at the Ashantilly Center/Coastal Georgia University. This trip was made possible by a generous grant from the Georgia Council of the Humanities. I certainly look forward to working more with Cary in the near future!
|First Edition Books on Semmes, Kell, and the Alabama|
Speaking of the Monitor, don't forget the FREE LEGO shipbuilding program this Saturday at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, which features a model version of the USS Monitor!
Full Speed Ahead,
Matthew T. Eng