The Civil War

1865 Black Diamond Naval Disaster

In late-April 1865, with the Civil War drawing to a close, the barge Black Diamond sank following a nighttime collision on the lower Potomac… read more

In late-April 1865, with the Civil War drawing to a close, the barge Black Diamond sank following a nighttime collision on the lower Potomac River with a steamer loaded with Union troops. The accident resulted in the deaths of 87 men. Karen Stone, manager of the St. Mary’s County, Maryland Museums Division, detailed the events of that night and why this naval disaster is often overshadowed by other events at the time, such as the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the hunt for his killer John Wilkes Booth. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine hosted this conversation and provided the video. close

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  • Karen Stone Manager St. Mary's County, MD->Museums Division
  • Jake Wynn Interpretation Director National Museum of Civil War Medicine->Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum

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1865 Black Diamond Naval Disaster

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Program ID:
474855-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Frederick, Maryland, United States
First Aired:
Aug 29, 2020 | 6:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
Last Aired:
Sep 06, 2020 | 10:10am EDT | C-SPAN 3

Airing Details

  • Aug 29, 2020 | 6:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 30, 2020 | 4:05am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 06, 2020 | 10:10am EDT | C-SPAN 3