Powhatan Civil War Round Table
Powhatan Civil War Round Table
Powhatan Civil War Round Table Powhatan Civil War Roundtable Powhatan Civil War Round Table
Powhatan Civil War Round Table Powhatan Civil War Round Table
Powhatan Civil War Round Table
About the Civil War Roundtable Membership Information Old News If Ya Want Order Now! Links to Civil War Sites Town Hall Sometimes Known as a Civil War Blog
Powhatan Civil War Round Table

Start Planning For...


MARCH 2018


Historian, preservationist, lecturer and author, John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus of USS Monitor Center, will join us on Thursday, March 15th, for the 15th consecutive year.  John served as director of the Virginia War Museum for over thirty years and, after retirement, is in demand as a speaker throughout the nation, and this month will discuss the capture of the St. Nicholas by a crew of Confederates

The daring capture of the steamer St. Nicholas on June 2, 1861, in the Potomac River was the Union’s first charge of Confederate piracy during the Civil War. Captain George Hollins, CSN, and adventurer Lieutenant Colonel Richard Thomas Zarona captured the ship using an elaborate ruse.  Their plot focused around a flirtatious French “lady” known as Madame La Force, three heavy trunks, and a cunning disguise.  The pair were proclaimed vicious pirates in the North, and treated like heroes throughout the South.

Our speaker has been involved in a wide variety of historic preservation initiatives including the creation of Civil War battlefield parks like Redoubt Park in Williamsburg or Lee’s Mill Park in Newport News as well as historic house museums such as Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation. His current preservation endeavors feature the Rebecca Vaughan House, Lee Hall Depot, Causey’s Mill, Big Bethel Battlefield and Fort Monroe. John Quarstein also serves on several boards and commissions such as Virginia Civil War Trails, Virginia War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission Advisory Council and the Newport News Sesquicentennial Commission.

John Quarstein is the author of numerous books, including Fort Monroe: The Key to the South, A History of Ironclads: The Power of Iron Over Wood, Big Bethel: The First Battle, and The Monitor Boys: The Crew of the Union’s First Ironclad. His newest book is Sink Before Surrender: The CSS Virginia

He also has produced, narrated and written several PBS documentaries, such as Jamestown: Foundations of Freedom and the film series Civil War in Hampton Roads, which was awarded a 2007 Silver Telly. His latest film, Hampton From The Sea To The Stars, was a 2011 Bronze Telly winner. His more recent film projects have been Pyrates of the Chesapeake and Tread of the Tyrants Heel: Virginia’s War of 1812 Experience.

John is the recipient of the national Trust for Historic Preservation’s 1993 President’s Award for Historic Preservation; the Civil War Society’s Preservation Award in 1996; the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s Jefferson Davis Gold Medal in 1999; and the Daughters of the American Revolution Gold Historians Medal in 2009. Besides his lifelong interest in Tidewater Virginia’s Civil War experience, Quarstein is an avid duck hunter and decoy hunter and decoy collector. He lives on Old Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, and on his family’s Eastern Shore farm near Chestertown, Maryland.

As always, we look forward to a lively presentation from this most entertaining historian. We hope you will join us!


The County Seat offers our members and guests a main course, or the soup and salad bar.  Please specify your dining preference (main course or soup and salad bar) when you submit your pre-paid reservation, which is due the Tuesday prior to each meeting.  This month the main course is corned beef, cabbage, red potatoes and dessert.  Reservations must be received by March 13th.

Thursday, Msrch 15, 2018 6:30 PM

$16.00 for members, $20.00 for guests.

Pre-Paid Reservations Must Be Received By March 13, 2018

Mail Your Payment To:

PCWRT, P.O. Box 1144, Powhatan, VA 23139

Checks Or Money Orders Only Please


Thursday, April 19, 2018, Sarah Bierle - Power and Patriotism of Civilians in 1861




Powhatan Civil War Round Table Powhatan Civil War Roundable Home Frequently Asked Questions Contact the Civil War Rountable


Powhatan Civil War Round Table