Civil War Discussions: The Confederates’ Kentucky Campaign

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Visit us on select Fridays for a lively and informative Civil War discussion in the Lower Lobby with John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center.

Lunch, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase at the Mariners’ Café! Guests will be allowed to bring their food to the Lower Lobby to enjoy while attending the discussion. Click here to view the Café menu.

There is no charge to participate. RSVP is required as space is very limited. Due to COVID protocols and out of concern for your health and safety, tables and chairs will be spaced out for social distancing.

If we reach capacity, please contact Guest Relations at or call (757) 596-2222 to be placed on a waiting list.

About the presentation: The invasion of Kentucky, a border state, was an effort by generals Braxton Bragg and Edmund Kirby Smith to gather supplies and find recruits and turn Kentucky into a Confederate state. Union General Don Carlos Buell failed to block Bragg's advance, nor did he pursue the Confederate army as it withdrew to Tennessee following the battles of Richmond and Perryville. This campaign is yet another case of poor leadership from both Bragg and Buell.