Museum Presents Civil War Lecture

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The Museum of Cape May County, in conjunction with the Cape May County Civil War Round Table, will present a free lecture Thursday, April 18.

Presented by Mike Kochan, this lecture will delve into the details of  one of the most famous naval battles in American history, the March 9, 1862 Battle of Hampton Roads that took place between the U.S.S. Monitor and the C.S.A. Virginia. This battle was the first ever fought between two armored warships.

Sunk off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina on Dec. 31, 1862, the wreckage of the Monitor was discovered on Aug. 27, 1973.  Since that time divers and volunteers, including Kochan, have worked tirelessly to document and raise artifacts from the wreckage.

This lecture will take place inside The Museum’s historic Smith Barn on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m.  Admission is free.  For more information about the lecture please contact The Museum at 609-465-3535 or visit