The Civil War Connections Blog

It Belongs in a Museum!

Hello again readers, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: while driving through Washington DC last Sunday, I surprisingly encountered very little in the way of traffic. As a result, I drove through the majority of the city in about five minutes, which I would not have thought possible.

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I also saw the Navy Memorial, which was really cool.


Today, I would like to take a break from relating the events of 150 years ago to inform you that many of the subjects discussed in this blog can be explored even further by a visit to The Mariners’ Museum. While it would perhaps be obvious to say that the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia are very well represented, many smaller subjects discussed in the blog can also be explored. For those of you interested in seeing some of the artifacts from The Mariners’ Museum that are represented in the blog, please read on!

“You heard the man, read it!”


I do hope no one is disgusted by this, but today’s artifact that the museum owns is edible. Or, rather, it WAS edible. The Mariners’ Museum currently has in its possession a hard ship’s biscuit that dates all the way back to the beginning of the Civil War. This biscuit, which can be viewed and read about HERE, was issued aboard ship at Annapolis just 12 days after the Civil War began. I guess the recipient of this ration was so unenthused about eating it that he saved it for later… MUCH later!

From The Mariners' Museum collection.

Behold, a Vintage Biscuit! I don’t think orange was its original color.


Well that about does it for today, folks – have a good one, and try not to think about that orange biscuit when you get your next meal!