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Civil War

This exhibit pays homage to the role of the rivers during the Civil War. Not only were the rivers used to transport troops, but they were also fundamental in supplying the troops with supplies, cannons, ammunition, etc.   The photographs on the wall show the ironclads and timber-clads of that era.   As one can see, those boats were just steamboats commandeered into military service. Given a tough outer layer of protection, the steamboats were made more impervious to enemy fire.    Also included in the exhibit is a leather coal scuttle used to fire up the steamboat engines. The utensils are indicative of the type the soldiers would have used on the battlefield. The gun and saber are typical of weapons of that war.    Also included in the exhibit is a steamboat whistle as well as a cannonball.