Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Civil War : Securing the Seas for Union Victory

Bldg. 76 


Securing the Seas:  Civil War
Description: 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:

  • 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. 


Description: USS Congress (Frigate). Click on model for a photographic history of the ship.


NMUSN:  Civil War:  USS Hartford (Screw Sloop of War)
Description: USS Hartford (Screw Sloop of War). Click on model for a photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:  Civil War:  USS Kearsarge (Sloop of War)
Description: USS Kearsarge (Sloop of War). Click on model for a photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:  Civil War:  USS Miami (Side-Wheel, Double-Ender Gunboat)
Description: USS Miami (Side-Wheel, Double-Ender Gunboat). Click on model for a photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:  Civil War:  USS Monitor (Ironclad)
Description: USS Monitor (Ironclad). Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:  Civil War:  USS Powhatan (Side-Wheel Steam Frigate)
Description: USS Powhatan (Side-Wheel Steam Frigate). Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:  Civil War:  USS Wabash (Screw-Steam Frigate)
Description: USS Wabash (Screw-Steam Frigate). Click on model for photographic history of the ship.
Published: Thu Nov 01 08:47:08 EDT 2018