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Civil War : Securing the Seas for Union Victory

Bldg. 76 


Securing the Seas:  Civil War

Securing the Seas:  Civil War


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:

Ship Models of U.S. Navy warships in the Civil War Exhibit area.

Click on the model for a photographic history of the ship. 


The frigate Congress.     Click on model for a photographic history of the ship.    



NMUSN:  Civil War:  USS Hartford (Screw Sloop of War)

Screw sloop of war Hartford.   Click on model for a photographic history of the ship.   


NMUSN:  Civil War:  USS Kearsarge (Sloop of War)

Sloop of War Kearsarge. Click on model for a photographic history of the ship.  


NMUSN:  Civil War:  USS Miami (Side-Wheel, Double-Ender Gunboat)

Side-wheel Double-Ender Gunboat Miami.  Click on model for a photographic history of the ship.  


NMUSN:  Civil War:  USS Monitor (Ironclad)

The ironclad Monitor.    Click on model for photographic history of the ship.  


NMUSN:  Civil War:  USS Wabash (Screw-Steam Frigate)

Screw-Steam Frigate Wabash.   Click on model for photographic history of the ship.   

Published: Wed Jun 23 13:39:47 EDT 2021