USS Carondolet Model


Physical Description

Wooden model with plastic parts.

Specific History

Model built to the plans of William Geoghagen.

General History

USS Carondolet was a 512-ton ironclad gunboat in the style of the Cairo. It was built in Saint Louis and commissioned in January 1862. Within a month it had contributed to the capture of both Fort Henry and Fort Donelson. The Carondolet fought in more engagements than any ship until World War II, including the capture of a Confederate fortress at Island Number Ten, operations against Fort Pillow, near Memphis, and a major campaign against Vicksburg, Mississippi. The only real opposition the Carondolet faced was in the Yazoo River when it engaged the Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas. On July 15, 1862, the Carondolet was severely damaged by the Arkansas. After repairs, the Carondolet and the other ships of the army’s Western Gunboat Flotilla were transferred to the U.S. Navy. It was decommissioned in 1865.

Date Made: 1961Associated Date: 1862Decommissioning: 1865

Made Original Plans: Geoghegan, William EarleMaker: Tragle, Thomas E.

Used: United States: Missouri

Subject: ShipsNaval HistoryRelated Event: Civil WarCivil War and Reconstruction


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Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.58945NCatalog Number: 58945-NAccession Number: 241885

Object Name: model, shipOther Terms: model, ship; Ship; Paddle Wheeler, Steam; Gunboat, River; 13 Guns

Physical Description: wood (overall material)plastic (overall material)cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 24 in x 43 3/4 in x 12 1/2 in; 60.96 cm x 111.125 cm x 31.75 cm


Record Id: nmah_451067

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