The History of the US Navy from the Civil War through the 1880s

For this month’s Civil War talk, Ranger Alan Gephardt from James A. Garfield National Historic Site traced the history of the US Navy from its wooden and ironclad ships during the Civil War to the origin of the “Steel Navy.”

Our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 11. The rangers will discuss field communications during the war. We will be meeting in person at our Main Branch! We look forward to seeing you here. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

Finally, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in our series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

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