Control over inland and coastal trade routes dominated the Union and Confederate naval campaigns during the Civil War. This exhibit tells how the Union naval blockade, innovative technologies, and strong leadership propelled the Union to victory. The main naval battles explored are New Orleans, Mobile Bay, Hampton Roads, and the engagement between USS Kearsarge and Confederate commerce raider Alabama near Cherbourg, France.
Interesting artifacts in the Civil War exhibit include:
- Wheel, fife rail, and ship's bell, of USS Hartford
- Diorama of the Battle of Hampton Roads, March 9, 1862
- Models of Confederate ships: Alabama, Tennessee, and Virginia
- Artifacts recovered by underwater archaeologists from the Confederate ship Alabama, including galley chimney, English porcelain toilet, and wheel
- Mustard and pepper bottles from USS Monitor
- Swedish-American inventor John Ericsson's hand lantern
- Rear Admiral David G. Farragut's personal items, including presentation cane
- The bell from USS Merrimac, later reconstructed to become CSS Virginia
- Stern post from USS Kearsarge
Ship Models of U.S. Navy warships in the Civil War Exhibit area.
Click on the model for a photographic history of the ship.