Hi Everyone -
The Department of the Interior Library will host its annual National Library Week Open House on Tuesday, April 16th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Open House will feature vendor demonstrations of online databases available in the Library and to Interior Department employees nationwide. Additionally, the Library will be hosting two Civil War-themed Park Ranger Speaker Series programs. Tours of the Library will also be offered. All attendees will be eligible to enter a drawing for prizes.
Featured Database Demonstrations:
Park Ranger Speaker Series Programs:
On April 24, 1862, a fleet under the direction of Flag Officer David G. Farragut attempted to pass Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip on the lower Mississippi River. Success would mean a Federal fleet off the port of New Orleans with troops to follow, which would occupy and silence a vital supply route for the Confederacy. Farragut’s perseverance led to the capture of the Crescent City, which was spared the destruction suffered by many other Southern cities during the Civil War. However, the controversial and confrontational administration of the city by its military governor caused lasting resentment. This capture of the largest Confederate city was a major turning point and an incident of international importance.
Please join Park Ranger Brad Berger for a look at the Capture of New Orleans, the most important Union naval victory and the most serious Confederate defeat of the Civil War's first two years. He will examine the reasons for the outcome, which arose at least partly from Confederate unwillingness to believe that New Orleans was vulnerable and their failure to defend it properly when that danger became apparent.
After two years on the sidelines of the American Civil War, Fort Sumter, the fortification that started it all, returned to the stage of combat. Armed with the new but still questionable technology of ironclad vessels, U.S. Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont led his naval fleet into the teeth of the most heavily defended harbor in the Confederate States. The results of this engagement set the stage for operations around Charleston for the remainder of the war, and determined the fate of Du Pont’s distinguished career.
Please join Park Ranger Jeff Jones as he explores the engagement in Charleston Harbor in April 1863. Learn how events leading up to the battle formed the strategy implemented in the assault, how this strategy played out, and what effects it would have on capturing the surrounding fortifications and the city of Charleston.
The Department of the Interior Library is located in the Stewart L. Udall Main Interior Building at 1849 C Street, NW, in Washington, DC. For more information about this Open House, or about any future programs, please contact the Library's Reference Desk by phone at (202) 208-5815 or via e-mail at [log in to unmask].
We do hope to see you on April 16th!