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Ironclads of American Civil War TimeCreated by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 2017
After first battles involving of American ironclads (both with wooden ships and with one another) in 1862 during the American Civil War, it became clear that the ironclad had championed the unarmored ship as the most powerful warship. This type of ship would come to be very successful in the American Civil War. This change was pushed forward by the development of heavier naval guns (the ironclads of the 1880s carried some of the heaviest guns ever mounted at sea at the time), more sophisticated steam engines, and advances in metallurgy which made steel shipbuilding possible. An ironclad is a steam-propelled warship protected by iron or steel armor plates used in the early part of the second half of the 19th century. The ironclad was developed as a result of the vulnerability of wooden warships to explosive or incendiary shells. The first ironclad battleship, Gloire, was launched by the French Navy in November 1859. In early 1859 the Royal Navy started building two iron-hulled armored frigates, and by 1861 had made the decision to move to an all-armored battle fleet.
The rapid development of warship design in the late 19th century transformed the ironclad from a wooden-hulled vessel that carried sails to supplement its steam engines into the steel-built, turreted battleships and cruisers of the 20th century.
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[Group portrait of the crew on the deck of an ironclad]

[Group portrait of the crew on the deck of an ironclad]

Title devised by library staff. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948. The albumen silver print is a photographic printing process that was widely used in the 19th century. It involves coating paper support with a mi... More

On deck of the monitor Lehigh, James River, Virginia

On deck of the monitor Lehigh, James River, Virginia

No. B768. Mounted with five other photographs. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

U.S. gunboat Milwaukee - A black and white photo of a boat in the water

U.S. gunboat Milwaukee - A black and white photo of a boat in the wate...

No. 3139. Mounted with five other photographs with general caption: Mississippi River Fleet. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

Crew on deck of U.S.S. Colorado

Crew on deck of U.S.S. Colorado

No. 4455. Mounted with five other photographs. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

Burning of the steamship "Golden Gate" :July 27. 1862

Burning of the steamship "Golden Gate" :July 27. 1862

Picryl description: Public domain image of a ship, navy, harbor, maritime photograph, 19th-20th century architecture, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

James River, Virginia. Captain W.N. Jeffers on deck of U.S.S. MONITOR

James River, Virginia. Captain W.N. Jeffers on deck of U.S.S. MONITOR

Picryl description: Public domain historical photo, American history, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Deck of gunboat "Hunchback", 1865(?) during American Civil War

Deck of gunboat "Hunchback", 1865(?) during American Civil War

U.S. Army Signal Corps 1921 Brady Photographs Catalogue no. B-6199.

[The Imperial Ironclad Frigate Aziziye] / Abdullah Frères, Constantinople.

[The Imperial Ironclad Frigate Aziziye] / Abdullah Frères, Constantino...

Title translated from album caption. Captioned in Ottoman Turkish and French. No. 38. No. 44. In album: Imperial frigates and naval personnel, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire. Forms part of: Abdul-Hamid II Collection ... More

U.S.S. Tallapoosa - Public domain image of steamship

U.S.S. Tallapoosa - Public domain image of steamship

Public domain image of a sailing ship, caravel, harbor, sea, naval battle, 16th-17th century maritime seascape, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

U.S. Battleship Katahdin. Warship photograph collection

U.S. Battleship Katahdin. Warship photograph collection

Picryl description: Public domain image of naval activity, ship, sea, 19th-20th century navy, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Destruction of the U.S. battleship Maine in Havana Harbor Feby 15th, 1898

Destruction of the U.S. battleship Maine in Havana Harbor Feby 15th, 1...

Destruction of the U.S. battleship Maine in Havana Harbor, with inserts of location of the "Maine-Havana Habor," recovering the dead bodies, and head-and-shoulders portraits of Admiral Sicard and Captain Sigsbe... More

Admiral Farragut's fleet engaging the rebel batteries at Port Hudson, March, 14th 1863

Admiral Farragut's fleet engaging the rebel batteries at Port Hudson, ...

Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 0057

Terrific combat between the "Monitor" 2 guns & "Merrimac" 10 guns The first fight between iron clad ships of war, in Hampton Roads, March 9th 1862, in which the little "Monitor" whipped the "Merrimac" and the whole " school" of Rebel steamers.

Terrific combat between the "Monitor" 2 guns & "Merrimac" 10 guns The ...

Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 6463 Exhibited: Capitol Visitors Center of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 2011.

Gun-boat quick step - American Civil War sheet music
Drewry's Bluff, Virginia (vicinity). Sling cart used in removing the captured artillery

Drewry's Bluff, Virginia (vicinity). Sling cart used in removing the c...

Public domain historical photo, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[Arlington, Virginia Interior view of Fort C.F. Smith, with gun crew of Company L, 2d New York Artillery]

[Arlington, Virginia Interior view of Fort C.F. Smith, with gun crew o...

Photograph of Washington, 1862-1865, view of the defenses of Washington.

Deck of one of Porter's mortar schooners

Deck of one of Porter's mortar schooners

Hand written on verso: "Miller, vol. VI, p. 197". Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

Officers on deck of monitor Mahopac, James River, Virginia

Officers on deck of monitor Mahopac, James River, Virginia

No. B403. Hand written on verso: "Miller, vol. VI, p. 145". Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

U.S. gunboat Cairo - Mississippi River Fleet

U.S. gunboat Cairo - Mississippi River Fleet

No. 3135. Copy neg., LC-B8184-3135, not made from this print. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

Officers on deck of the monitor Saugus, James River, Virginia

Officers on deck of the monitor Saugus, James River, Virginia

No. B438. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948. The albumen silver print is a photographic printing process that was widely used in the 19th century. It involves coating paper support with a mixture of egg whites a... More

Picryl description: Public domain image, drawing, American, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions

Picryl description: Public domain image, drawing, American, 19th centu...

Picryl description: Public domain image, drawing, American, free to use, no copyright restrictions

The Pacific Mail Company's steamer "Golden Gate," burned at sea July 27, 1862 The United States Infantry burning the house of the Rebel Ruffin under the guns of the United States gun-boat "Mahaska" / / sketched by an officer of the "Mahaska."

The Pacific Mail Company's steamer "Golden Gate," burned at sea July 2...

Illus. in: Harper's weekly, v. 6, no. 295 (1862 Aug. 23), p. 540.

A little game of bagatelle, between Old Abe the rail splitter & Little Mac the gunboat general.

A little game of bagatelle, between Old Abe the rail splitter & Little...

Public domain image related to President Abraham Lincoln, gelatin silver print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[The cannon drill on the Imperial Ironclad Frigate Mes'udiye] / Constantinople, Abdullah Frères.

[The cannon drill on the Imperial Ironclad Frigate Mes'udiye] / Consta...

Title translated from album caption. Captioned in Ottoman Turkish and English. No. 23. No. 426. In album: Imperial frigates and naval personnel, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire. Forms part of: Abdul-Hamid II Collectio... More

Discovery of a rebel battery & camp on Vernon River, Ga., by the U.S. gun boats "Ottowa," "Seneca," "Pembina," & "Mary Andrew," under command of Capt. Rogers of the "Wabash" - Position of U.S. gun boats at the time of rebel battery opening fire - Dec. 11, 1861 / pencil drawing by William Crane.

Discovery of a rebel battery & camp on Vernon River, Ga., by the U.S. ...

Photograph of drawing by William Crane, done in 1861.

The monitors and the Merrimac / K.

The monitors and the Merrimac / K.

Illustration shows a battered ironclad labeled "High Cost of Living" being bombarded by several ironclads labeled "Berger, Shanks [sic], Sulzer, George, Jr., [and] Taft", their gunblasts labeled, respectively, ... More

Gun deck, N. Carolina - Public domain scan / drawing

Gun deck, N. Carolina - Public domain scan / drawing

Title inscribed below image. Outline of two ships on verso. Formerly Waud no. C-157. Gift, J.P. Morgan, 1919 (DLC/PP-1919:R1.2.1084) Forms part of: Morgan collection of Civil War drawings.

Drury's [i.e. Drewry's] bluff / Levy & Cohen.

Drury's [i.e. Drewry's] bluff / Levy & Cohen.

Photograph shows ruins of fortifications in the middle of the James River in Richmond, Virginia after the battle. "Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1865 by Levy and Cohen in the Clerk's Office, ... More

100 lb. gun on board the Confederate gunboat Teazer [i.e. Teaser], which was captured on the 4th of July, by the Meritanza [i.e. Maratanza]

100 lb. gun on board the Confederate gunboat Teazer [i.e. Teaser], whi...

Photograph shows a seaman sitting next to the 100 lb. gun that was captured by the U.S.S. Maratanza on July 4, 1862, on the James River, Virginia. Brady's Album Gallery, no. 482 Entered according to Act of Cong... More

[U.S. Naval officers relaxing on deck]

[U.S. Naval officers relaxing on deck]

Title devised by library staff. U.S. Navy photo, (186-?). Public domain photograph of United States navy, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Rebel Ram Stonewall, Confederate States of America.

Rebel Ram Stonewall, Confederate States of America.

Stereograph showing the Confederate warship "Stonewall." No. 5. Part of series: Views in Washington, D.C. Copyright in 1867 by F. H. Bell. Forms part of: Civil War Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).

James River, Virginia. View of damaged deck of Confederate gunboat TEASER, captured on July 4, 1862 by U.S.S. MARATANZA

James River, Virginia. View of damaged deck of Confederate gunboat TEA...

Public domain photograph of American Civil War era building, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[The stern cabin of the Imperial Ironclad Frigate Hamidiye] / Constantinople, Abdullah Frères.

[The stern cabin of the Imperial Ironclad Frigate Hamidiye] / Constant...

Title translated from album caption. Captioned in Ottoman Turkish and French. No. 7. No. 603. In album: Imperial frigates and naval personnel, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire. Forms part of: Abdul-Hamid II Collection ... More

Drewry's Bluff, Virginia. Obstructions in James River opposite Fort Darling

Drewry's Bluff, Virginia. Obstructions in James River opposite Fort Da...

Public domain historical photo, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

James River, Virginia. Gunboat COMMODORE PERRY and monitor on James River

James River, Virginia. Gunboat COMMODORE PERRY and monitor on James Ri...

Public domain historical photo, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[An ironclad] - Public domain scan / drawing

[An ironclad] - Public domain scan / drawing

Broadside view of steamship and ironclad. Title devised. Inscribed on verso: [ ] Harrison Fa[ll?] '61 1302 Pine Phila. 16055 Vine Ave/28th Get from/C Gaybe Gates Ave Cross Grand St Ferry/to South 7th St. Take... More

Monitor off Akin's Landing, James River (Andrew J. Russel)

Monitor off Akin's Landing, James River (Andrew J. Russel)

Photograph showing the double turreted monitor "Onandaga" off Akin's Landing in the James River.

U.S.S. Cairo Ironclad, Vicksburg, Warren County, MS

U.S.S. Cairo Ironclad, Vicksburg, Warren County, MS

STORED OFF SITE AND ON SITE. mchr Significance: Built by James B. Eads for use on western rivers, Cairo was commissioned in January 1862 and was one of seven City Class ironclad gunboats, all of a uniform desig... More

U.S.S. Cairo Ironclad, Vicksburg, Warren County, MS

U.S.S. Cairo Ironclad, Vicksburg, Warren County, MS

STORED OFF SITE AND ON SITE. mchr Significance: Built by James B. Eads for use on western rivers, Cairo was commissioned in January 1862 and was one of seven City Class ironclad gunboats, all of a uniform desig... More

U.S. gunboat Signal - Mississippi River Fleet

U.S. gunboat Signal - Mississippi River Fleet

No. 3121. Hand written on mount: "Lieut. Lee". Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

Drewry's Bluff, Virginia. Columbiad gun in Fort Darling on James

Drewry's Bluff, Virginia. Columbiad gun in Fort Darling on James

Public domain historical photo, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Capture of Roanoke Island, Feby. 8th 1862: By the federal forces, under Command of Genl. Ambrose E. Burnside, and gunboats under Commodore L.M. Goldsborough

Capture of Roanoke Island, Feby. 8th 1862: By the federal forces, unde...

Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 0903

Gun-boats at Baton Rouge, La., March 1863

Gun-boats at Baton Rouge, La., March 1863

Stereograph showing sailors and soldiers resting on shore with carts and supplies in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In the distance, ships rest in the harbor. Title from handwritten on verso. Alternate title from Mil... More

[James River, Virginia Deck and turret of U.S.S. Monitor]

[James River, Virginia Deck and turret of U.S.S. Monitor]

Photo shows the light damage caused to the turret of the ironclad USS Monitor during her fight with the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia, March 9, 1862 at the Battle of Hampton Roads-the first battle of two ir... More

[Ship deck with sailors and cannons]

[Ship deck with sailors and cannons]

Photograph possibly by George H. Houghton, photographer of other photographs in this album and fellow resident of Mead's in Brattleboro, Vermont. Houghton worked as a photographer at Camp Griffin and in the Tid... More

U.S. gunboat Meteor [i.e. Cricket] during American Civil War

U.S. gunboat Meteor [i.e. Cricket] during American Civil War

No. 3145. Correction to title made on card mount comparing images of the two gunboats. Mounted with five other photographs with general caption: Mississippi River Fleet. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

U.S. gunboat Osage - Mississippi River Fleet

U.S. gunboat Osage - Mississippi River Fleet

No. 3126. Hand written on mount: "Lt. Comdr. Thos. O. Selfridge". Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

U.S. gunboat Pittsburg - Mississippi River Fleet

U.S. gunboat Pittsburg - Mississippi River Fleet

No. 3136. Hand written on verso: "Miller, vol. VI, p. 148". Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

U.S. gunboat Lafayette, Mississippi River Fleet

U.S. gunboat Lafayette, Mississippi River Fleet

No. 4584. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948. The albumen silver print is a photographic printing process that was widely used in the 19th century. It involves coating paper support with a mixture of egg whites a... More

Officers on deck on U.S. frigate Sabine

Officers on deck on U.S. frigate Sabine

No. 4367. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948. The albumen silver print is a photographic printing process that was widely used in the 19th century. It involves coating paper support with a mixture of egg whites a... More

Fort Darling, Drewry's Bluff, James River, Virginia

Fort Darling, Drewry's Bluff, James River, Virginia

No. B481. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948. The albumen silver print is a photographic printing process that was widely used in the 19th century. It involves coating paper support with a mixture of egg whites a... More

The United States gun-boat "Wyandotte" firing a salute on Washington's Birthday in Pensacola Harbor / drawn by an officer of Lieut. Slemmer's command.

The United States gun-boat "Wyandotte" firing a salute on Washington's...

Shown are the gun-boat "Wyandotte," and in the background left to right Fort Barrancas, Barrancas barracks, and United States Marine Hospital. Illus. in: Harper's weekly, 1861 April 6, p. 212.

[Civil War envelope showing flotilla of gunboats engaged in battle on the Mississippi River at Fort Wright, Tennessee]

[Civil War envelope showing flotilla of gunboats engaged in battle on ...

Addressed to Miss Josie Paige, Nelson, N.H.; bears 3 cent stamp. Initialed A.L.M. Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2010; (DLC/PP-2010:105). Forms part of: Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs (Library ... More

James River, Virginia. Officers on deck of U.S.S. MONITOR

James River, Virginia. Officers on deck of U.S.S. MONITOR

Picryl description: Public domain historical photo, American history, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Rebel attack on our gun-boats in the Red River

Rebel attack on our gun-boats in the Red River

Illus. in: Harper's weekly, v. 8, 1864 May 14, p. 305.

The United States monitor "Neosho" engaging three Rebel batteries on the Cumberland, below Nashville, Dec. 6, 1864 / sketched by Adam Rohe.

The United States monitor "Neosho" engaging three Rebel batteries on t...

Published in: Harper's weekly, 1864. Public domain photograph of a navy ship, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Drewry's Bluff, Virginia (vicinity). Sling for heavy artillery

Drewry's Bluff, Virginia (vicinity). Sling for heavy artillery

Photo shows the equipment used by Union troops to remove heavy artillery pieces from Drewry's Bluff, which was on the James River and part Confederate defenses for Richmond, Virginia, until evacuated in April 1865.

U.S.S. Vanderbilt - Public domain image. Dry plate negative.

U.S.S. Vanderbilt - Public domain image. Dry plate negative.

Picryl description: Public domain image of a ship, navy, harbor, maritime photograph, 19th-20th century architecture, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Porter's fleet passing the dam at Alexandria

Porter's fleet passing the dam at Alexandria

Print shows a dam constructed by Union troops to raise the water level to a depth that would enable Union ironclads to continue on the Red River at Alexandria, Louisiana. Illus. in: Harper's pictorial history ... More

[The crew hanging the ship's lifeboats on the Imperial Ironclad Frigate Asar-i Tevfik] / Constantinople, Abdullah Frères.

[The crew hanging the ship's lifeboats on the Imperial Ironclad Frigat...

Title translated from album caption. Captioned in Ottoman Turkish and French. No. 42. No. 623. In album: Imperial frigates and naval personnel, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire. Forms part of: Abdul-Hamid II Collection... More

[U.S. Naval officers relaxing on deck]

[U.S. Naval officers relaxing on deck]

Title devised by library staff. U.S. Navy photo, (186-?). Public domain photograph of United States navy, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Destruction of the rebel ram "Arkansas": By the United State gunboat "Essex," on the Mississippi River, near Baton Rouge, August 4th 1862

Destruction of the rebel ram "Arkansas": By the United State gunboat "...

Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 1708

[The cannon drill on the Imperial Ironclad Frigate Osmaniye] / Constantinople, Abdullah Frères.

[The cannon drill on the Imperial Ironclad Frigate Osmaniye] / Constan...

Title translated from album caption. Captioned in Ottoman Turkish and French. No. 29. No. 587. In album: Imperial frigates and naval personnel, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire. Forms part of: Abdul-Hamid II Collection... More

[Charleston Harbor, S.C. Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren standing by a Dahlgren gun on deck of U.S.S. Pawnee]

[Charleston Harbor, S.C. Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren standing by a D...

Photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy -- the Federal Navy, 1861-1865.

Battle between the Monitor and Merrimac--fought March 9th 1862 at Hampton Roads, near Norfolk, Virginia

Battle between the Monitor and Merrimac--fought March 9th 1862 at Hamp...

Print shows a battle scene between the ironclads Monitor and Merrimac just offshore, also shows a Union ship sinking and rescue boats being put to sea from shore, as well as a Union artillery bunker, Union sold... More

U.S.S. Cairo Ironclad, Vicksburg, Warren County, MS

U.S.S. Cairo Ironclad, Vicksburg, Warren County, MS

STORED OFF SITE AND ON SITE. mchr Significance: Built by James B. Eads for use on western rivers, Cairo was commissioned in January 1862 and was one of seven City Class ironclad gunboats, all of a uniform desig... More

[Unknown location. U.S. gunboat Kansas (built in 1863)]

[Unknown location. U.S. gunboat Kansas (built in 1863)]

Photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy -- the Federal Navy, 1861-1865.

[Charleston Harbor, S.C. 24-pdr. howitzer on deck of U.S.S. Pawnee]

[Charleston Harbor, S.C. 24-pdr. howitzer on deck of U.S.S. Pawnee]

Photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy -- the Federal Navy, 1861-1865.

U.S. gunboat "47" - A group of men standing on a dock next to a boat

U.S. gunboat "47" - A group of men standing on a dock next to a boat

No. 3146. Mounted with five other photographs. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

Admiral Farragut and Captain Drayton on deck of U.S. frigate Hartford

Admiral Farragut and Captain Drayton on deck of U.S. frigate Hartford

No. 3168. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948. The albumen silver print is a photographic printing process that was widely used in the 19th century. It involves coating paper support with a mixture of egg whites a... More

On deck of U.S. gunboat Hunchback

On deck of U.S. gunboat Hunchback

No. B699. Mounted with five other photographs. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

Officers on deck of monitor Saugus, James River, Virginia

Officers on deck of monitor Saugus, James River, Virginia

No. B889. Mounted with four other photographs. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

Fort Darling, Drewry's Bluff, James River, Virginia

Fort Darling, Drewry's Bluff, James River, Virginia

No. B596. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948. The albumen silver print is a photographic printing process that was widely used in the 19th century. It involves coating paper support with a mixture of egg whites a... More

On deck of U.S.S. New Hampshire off Charleston, S.C.

On deck of U.S.S. New Hampshire off Charleston, S.C.

No. 4954. Mounted with four other photographs and one print. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

U.S. gunboat Lafayette - Public domain albumen print photograph

U.S. gunboat Lafayette - Public domain albumen print photograph

No. 3143. Mounted with one other photograph. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

U.S. gunboat Commodore Barney - A large boat floating on top of a lake

U.S. gunboat Commodore Barney - A large boat floating on top of a lake

No. B115. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948. The albumen silver print is a photographic printing process that was widely used in the 19th century. It involves coating paper support with a mixture of egg whites a... More

Pivot guns crew, U.S. Steamer Pocahontas

Pivot guns crew, U.S. Steamer Pocahontas

Photograph shows sailors posed on the ship near the pivot gun. Title inscribed in ink on the front of the mount. Gladstone's inventory code and notes: M22. Purchase; William A. Gladstone; 1995; (DLC/PP-1995:113.269).

U.S. iron clad Galena, after her attack on Fort Darling, James River, Virginia

U.S. iron clad Galena, after her attack on Fort Darling, James River, ...

Photograph showing the deck of the warship after receiving Confederate cannon fire, with holes in the smokestack. Mounted on board with five other photographs. Civil War Photograph Collection (Library of Congr... More

Officers on deck of U.S.S. Susquehannah

Officers on deck of U.S.S. Susquehannah

Picryl description: Public domain image of an American Civil War, military forces and conflict, officer, uniform, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Quarter deck and part of starboard battery of U. S. S. Pawnee taken at Charleston Harbor S. C..

Quarter deck and part of starboard battery of U. S. S. Pawnee taken at...

Picryl description: Public domain image of an artillery gun, or cannon, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Destruction of the U.S. battleship Maine in Havana Harbor Feby 15th, 1898

Destruction of the U.S. battleship Maine in Havana Harbor Feby 15th, 1...

Destruction of the U.S. battleship Maine in Havana Harbor, with inserts of location of the "Maine-Havana Habor," recovering the dead bodies, and head-and-shoulders portraits of Admiral Sicard and Captain Sigsbe... More

Destruction of the rebel ram "Arkansas": By the United State gunboat "Essex," on the Mississippi River, near Baton Rouge, August 4th 1862

Destruction of the rebel ram "Arkansas": By the United State gunboat "...

Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 1708

Gunboats shelling the enemy at the battle of Malvern hill sketched from McClellans headquarters

Gunboats shelling the enemy at the battle of Malvern hill sketched fro...

Signed lower right: A.R. Waud. Title inscribed below image. Inscribed upper right: General McClellan went aboard while I was sketching to change the position of the gunboats that were shelling our infantry. Gif... More

U.S.S. Kineo and Hartford (on right), March 1863

U.S.S. Kineo and Hartford (on right), March 1863

Stereograph showing gunboats at dock at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Handwritten on verso: The cooling yard at Baton Rouge (Messrs. Hill & Markham), Miller, vol. 1, p. 233. Forms part of: Civil War Photograph Colle... More

[James River, Virginia Bow of Confederate gunboat Teaser, Lt. Hunter Davidson, captured by U.S.S. Maratanza on July 4, 1862]

[James River, Virginia Bow of Confederate gunboat Teaser, Lt. Hunter D...

Photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy -- the Federal Navy, 1861-1865.

U.S. steamer "Massasoit," in James River, 1864

U.S. steamer "Massasoit," in James River, 1864

Stereograph showing Union sailors on a pier in the foreground and the U.S. gunboat Massasoit nearby on the James River in Virginia. No. 2547. Part of series: The War for the Union. Photographic War History, 186... More

Destruction of the rebel monster "Merrimac" off Craney Island May 11th 1862

Destruction of the rebel monster "Merrimac" off Craney Island May 11th...

Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 1707

[Fifteen officers on deck of a Union monitor warship]

[Fifteen officers on deck of a Union monitor warship]

Title devised by library staff. Formerly identified as "the original Monitor" in Miller, Vol. 6, p. 165. Corrected information provided by researcher, 12/28/2009. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

[James River], Virginia. U.S. gunboat MASSASOIT

[James River], Virginia. U.S. gunboat MASSASOIT

Public domain historical photo, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[The cannon drill on the Imperial Ironclad Frigate Mahmudiye] / Constantinople, Abdullah Frères.

[The cannon drill on the Imperial Ironclad Frigate Mahmudiye] / Consta...

Title translated from album caption. Captioned in Ottoman Turkish and English. No. 37. No. 420. In album: Imperial frigates and naval personnel, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire. Forms part of: Abdul-Hamid II Collectio... More

[Charleston Harbor, S.C. Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren standing by a Dahlgren gun on deck of U.S.S. Pawnee]

[Charleston Harbor, S.C. Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren standing by a D...

Photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy -- the Federal Navy, 1861-1865.

U.S.S. Cairo Ironclad, Vicksburg, Warren County, MS

U.S.S. Cairo Ironclad, Vicksburg, Warren County, MS

STORED OFF SITE AND ON SITE. mchr Significance: Built by James B. Eads for use on western rivers, Cairo was commissioned in January 1862 and was one of seven City Class ironclad gunboats, all of a uniform desig... More

U.S.S. Cairo Ironclad, Vicksburg, Warren County, MS

U.S.S. Cairo Ironclad, Vicksburg, Warren County, MS

STORED OFF SITE AND ON SITE. mchr Significance: Built by James B. Eads for use on western rivers, Cairo was commissioned in January 1862 and was one of seven City Class ironclad gunboats, all of a uniform desig... More

U.S.S. Cairo Ironclad, Vicksburg, Warren County, MS

U.S.S. Cairo Ironclad, Vicksburg, Warren County, MS

STORED OFF SITE AND ON SITE. mchr Significance: Built by James B. Eads for use on western rivers, Cairo was commissioned in January 1862 and was one of seven City Class ironclad gunboats, all of a uniform desig... More

Drewry's Bluff, Virginia. View of Confederate Fort Darling and obstructions in James River

Drewry's Bluff, Virginia. View of Confederate Fort Darling and obstruc...

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Drewry's Bluff, Virginia (vicinity). Sling cart used in removing the captured artillery

Drewry's Bluff, Virginia (vicinity). Sling cart used in removing the c...

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James River, Virginia. Gunboat MENDOTA - 19th century Virginia.

James River, Virginia. Gunboat MENDOTA - 19th century Virginia.

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[Deep Bottom, Virginia  U.S. gunboat Mendota (in service May 2, 1864) on the James]

[Deep Bottom, Virginia U.S. gunboat Mendota (in service May 2, 1864) ...

Photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy -- the Federal Navy, 1861-1865.

U.S. gunboat Queen City - An old photo of a boat in the water

U.S. gunboat Queen City - An old photo of a boat in the water

No. 3147. Mounted with five other photographs with general caption: Mississippi River Fleet. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

U.S. gunboat Milwaukee - Mississippi River Fleet

U.S. gunboat Milwaukee - Mississippi River Fleet

No. 3131. Caption continue: Mississippi River fleet. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

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