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What’s your favorite Union ship? Any craft that steams or sails, blue or brown water, qualifies in the loose designation of “ship” for the question. (Save your Confederate answers for next week!)
“The scene on board the flag-ship was novel and thrilling. The thunder of the conflict drowned all other noises,” wrote historian John S. C. Abbott. In one of the first Civil War histories, written while it happened, Abbott employed elegant … Continue reading
Let’s talk Civil War Navies… Do you have a favorite ship or ironclad from the conflict? Why?
What maritime firsts or naval warfare advances during the Civil War are important to you? Why?
One of the joys of a historian is finding that perfect eye-witness account of momentous events, one that puts you alongside our ancestors and sees through their eyes. The following is just such a viewpoint. “IN March, 1862, I was … Continue reading
The enlistment of African Americans as soldiers in the United States Army during the Civil War is a well-examined topic, but less appreciated is the story of freedmen and former slaves as sailors in the navy. Wartime experiences of these … Continue reading
We’re featuring another post from the Emerging Civil War Archives for our Battlefield Markers & Monuments series. In today’s archived article, Dwight Hughes shares his perspective on the lack of monuments or markers commemorating the Civil War conflict at sea. … Continue reading
Part I of this tale left the lonely Arkansas and Captain Isaac N. Brown on July 15, 1862, facing a gauntlet of Yankee deep-water warships, steam rams, river ironclads, gunboats, and bomb vessels as he ran down the Mississippi toward Vicksburg. … Continue reading
There are no monuments on the ocean, no crossroads in the great waters, no places echoing in heart and mind—Gettysburg, Shiloh, Chickamauga. But our Civil War ancestors were out there too and some of them still are. Names that resonate … Continue reading