Gary Johnson has documented more than 3000 people who enlisted in the Navy out of Cincinnati during the Civil War. Although 625 miles from blue water, the US Navy was a significant presence in Cincinnati during the Civil War. Cincinnati had a long history of experienced rivermen and major steamboat infrastructure to support modifying steamboats into warships suited for fighting in the shallow water rivers of the west. Armed and armored steam boats were needed to support Grant and Sherman as they recaptured the Mississippi River from the Confederacy. Lightly armored "tinclad" steamboats then helped keep the rivers open. Some 3300 Ohioans served in the Navy, many recruited at the Public Landing.
Mark your calendar and plan on attending what promises to be a great program honoring our Navy Veterans from the Civil War. If you don't have an ancestor who served, you will get great examples of some of the genealogical records that are available to the researcher interested in Navy and/or Civil War history.
The USS Rattler (tinclad #1) Cincinnati built and modified
Submitted by Kathy Reed