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Civil War Maritime Exhibit 'Fire on the Water' to open in Portsmouth, N.H.

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Old 05-05-2011, 05:39 AM
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Default Civil War Maritime Exhibit 'Fire on the Water' to open in Portsmouth, N.H.

Sounds like quite the exhibit

A ship that helped turn the tide of public opinion at home and abroad during the Civil War is featured in a new exhibit, "Fire on the Water: Portsmouth's Kearsarge Sinks the Deadly Confederate Raider Alabama."

"The battle became enormously popular as a subject for artists," Adams said. "Dozens of paintings were made, mostly taken from eyewitness accounts."

Several of those paintings will be on display in the Athenaeum's Randall Room, as well as photographs, musical pieces, a written account of the engagement by a Newington man who fought in the battle and a model of the USS Sassacus, a steamer that disabled a Confederate ironclad. The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is loaning the original construction plans of the three-masted, steam-powered Kearsarge as well as a sailor's hat from the era.
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