1002 Victory Drive
Port Columbus National Civil War Naval Museum –This new 40,000 square foot facility features two original Civil War military vessels, uniforms, equipment and weapons used by the Union and Confederate navies. Interactive exhibits, including a Confederate ironclad ship simulator, offer the visitor an opportunity to experience 19th century naval combat first hand. Located in South Commons near the Civic Center.
CSS Jackson - The Ghost Ship of the Chattahoochee
Columbus, Georgia was the site of a Confederate Naval Shipyard. The largest product of this facility was the CSS Jackson, one of the largest of the ironclads built in the south. The Jackson was nearly 225 feet long, 54 feet wide and weighed 2000 tons.
• Sitting dockside when the Yankees captured Columbus in 1865, it was burned to the waterline and visitors can smell the burned wood today.
• After sinking in 1865, the Jackson was under the Chattahoochee River for 95 years.
• It was raised in 1961 for display during the Civil War Centennial.
• Visitors may view the Jackson from above the main deck, at deck level and from well under the water line.
• The wreck today weighs more than 500,000 pounds.
• Visit Port Columbus to see the largest surviving Confederate warship of the war.
CSS Chattahoochee- River Warrior and milltown protector
• The CSS Chattahoochee was built to protect the growing manufacturing center of Columbus, Georgia. Its far inland location made it an ideal location for manufacturing uniforms, shoes, accoutrements, swords, firearms, and ships.
• To protect this valuable base, the Confederate Navy contracted to have the gunboat CSS Chattahoochee built in Saffold, Georgia, just north of the Florida border.
• In May of 1863, she suffered a terrible boiler explosion near Blountstown, Florida in the Apalachiacola River killing 19 crewmen onboard the ship. The wreck was recovered and brought back to Columbus in January of 1864 and underwent repairs.
• This steam powered sailing ship was stationed at the Navy Yard in Columbus and was sunk by her own Confederate Naval officers in April, 1865, to keep the ship from falling into northern hands. In the early 1960’s the ship was discovered and a part of the hull brought back to Columbus along with the original steam engines built at the Naval Ironworks. This ship represents the only Confederate Navy gunboat to survive the war.
CSS Monitor - Ironclad adversary...
• Swedish immigrant John Ericsson designed and built the USS Monitor in early 1862, in response to reports that the Confederate Navy was preparing a huge ironclad ship to break the blockade in Cheasapeake Bay.
• The result was the world's first combat between ironclad ships, the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (Merrimac).
• This exhibit features a full scale replica of the Monitor's famous turret and part of it's deck, along with a series of panels illustrating technical details of both ships and details of the epic battle.
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From I-185. Take exit 1B on to Victory Drive. Follow it for about five miles and watch for two large brick museum buildings on the left after passing large auto dealerships on the right. Turn left onto Lumpkin Road, then left into the museum parking lot.
From US 431 coming from Alabama Take the exit onto Hwy 280 into Columbus, then cross the Chattahoochee River and follow 280 around the large curve. Immediately after the softball fields on the right, turn right onto Lumpkin Road and left into the museum parking lot.