Tag Archives: Civil War Navy

Question of the Week: 1/31-2/6/22

If you had to time travel and had to serve in a Civil War navy…would you choose to serve in the blue water navy (sea) or brown water navy (river)?

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Saving History Saturday: Restoring an Anchor

This week the U.S. Naval War College Museum announced that a restoration project is underway for an 11,000 pound exhibited anchor that once belonged to the USS Constellation. The ship commissioned in 1855 and took part in the Civil War … Continue reading

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Home Libraries: A Salty Civil War Library

Back in the 90’s, Judi and I loved cruising beautiful Virginia country byways and rural towns always seeking that musty little used-book store. She headed for the garden section and I, of course, made a beeline for the Civil War … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 8/31-9/6/20

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!)

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The First Contraband Combatants

“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.[1] In one of the first Civil War histories, written while it happened, Abbott employed elegant … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 9/10-9/16/18

Let’s talk Civil War Navies… Do you have a favorite ship or ironclad from the conflict? Why?

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Question of the Week: 3/12-3/18/18

What maritime firsts or naval warfare advances during the Civil War are important to you? Why?

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Watching the “Merrimac”

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

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Slaves and Sailors in the Civil War

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

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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: An Ocean Without Monuments

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

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