The Sinking Of The <i>Cumberland</i>

Creator:
J.O. Davidson, artist; J. Duthie, engraver

Fatally rammed by Virginia, the sloop Cumberland fired futilely on the ironclad until rising waters forced the crew to abandon the guns.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0067
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy

USS <i>Merrimack</i> Bell

An authentic watch bell from the frigate USS Merrimack, built in Boston Navy Yard and commissioned in 1856. During her years of service in the United States Navy, the ship traveled to the West Indies and to Europe as well as the Pacific coast of South and Central America. In 1861, retreating Union forces burned and sank Merrimack to prevent her capture by Confederates. The blaze may have damaged the bell, the heat causing the bronze to soften and leaving it vulnerable to a blow or a fall.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0071
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
credits:
Courtesy, Adrian and Doris Pearsall
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Portrait Of Captain Elisha Peck

Description (physical):

Oil on canvas

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0064
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
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Flag Of 2nd United States Colored Troops

Date:
c. 1863

Black Pennsylvanians often fought in United States Colored Troops regiments organized outside the state, such as the 2nd USCT, formed in 1863 at Arlington, Virginia. The 2nd campaigned primarily in Mississippi and Florida, and proudly carried this regimental flag.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania

U.S. Model 1857 Light 12-Pounder Gun: The "Napoleon"

Date:
1857

The workhorse of both Union and Confederate field artilleries, the versatile Napoleon fired 12-pound solid shot, exploding shell, and canister. The muzzle-loading smoothbore acquired its nickname after being modeled on a lightweight, maneuverable field gun that was developed in France by Napoleon III.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania

Union Arms Co. Revolver

Creator:
W.W. Marston
Description (physical):

.31 Caliber

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike,Pennsylvania,Gettysburg,17325
Identifier:
2010.7517.0010
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Colt Pocket Revolver

Date:
1849
Creator:
Colt's Manufacturing Company
Description (physical):

.31 Caliber

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike,Pennsylvania,Gettysburg,17325
Identifier:
2010.7517.0011

Savage Revolver

Creator:
Savage Revolving Firearms Company
Description (physical):

.44 Caliber

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike,Pennsylvania,Gettysburg,17325
Identifier:
2010.7517.0012
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Starr Revolver

Date:
1863
Creator:
Ebanezer Townsend Starr
Description (physical):

.44 Caliber

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike,Pennsylvania,Gettysburg,17325
Identifier:
2010.7517.0013
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2nd Model Lipfire Revolver

Creator:
Ethan Allen and Thomas P. Wheelock
Description (physical):

.44 Caliber

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike,Pennsylvania,Gettysburg,17325