Class Year


Document Type

Blog Post

Publication Date

Spring 4-12-2017

Department 1

Civil War Institute


When the American Civil War ended in 1865, the United States government sold off naval vessels as the country transitioned to Reconstruction. One of those vessels, the CSS Stonewall, traveled to countless and unexpected locations. The CSS Stonewall never fought in the American Civil War as it was intended to do, but instead was destined to fight in the civil war between the Japanese shogunate and emperor as the first ironclad warship of the Imperial Japanese Navy.


This blog post originally appeared in The Gettysburg Compiler and was created by students at Gettysburg College.