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The Maple Leaf Incident of 1863

  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theater

What do you get when you combine a Canadian wooden side-wheeler, a batch of mutinous Confederate prisoners and a guard detail armed with muskets, but no bullets? Perhaps something right out of the movies – a real “Mutiny on the Bounty” right here in Hampton Roads, with scenes at Fort Norfolk and Fort Monroe, and a watery demise at the bottom of Florida’s St. Johns River.

Learn more on May 9, when Robert Baxter, Norfolk resident and advocate for False Cape State Park, shares the story of the 1863 Maple Leaf incident, as well as more recent efforts to locate the ship’s wreckage and recover a treasure-trove of Civil War-era military equipment and personal belongings that paint a picture of what army life was like aboard a steamer in the 1860s.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018, 7:00 PM

MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theatre

FREE and open to the public


We welcome you to contact us!  The Norfolk Historical Society maintains space at Historic Fort Norfolk (c. 1810).  We are also available via mail, e-mail, and social media.


Fort Norfolk
810 Front Street
Norfolk, VA 23510


Norfolk Historical Society
P.O. Box 6367
Norfolk, Virginia 23508-0367

(757) 754-2004


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