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Object Name WIRE
Catalog Number 0985.13.00186
Description The wire consists of a twisted section of wrapped copper, frayed on one end.
Material Metal/Copper
Dimensions L-5 inches
Owner Regiment USS Congress
Event Battle of Hampton Roads
Provenance The copper wire was the lightning conductor for the USS Congress, a frigate destroyed by the Confederate ironclad, CSS Virginia. The Virginia ran the Congress aground on March 8, 1862, where she was burned after her crew surrendered.
Search Terms Confederate States Navy
Battle of Hampton Roads
Subjects surrenders
Lightning
Wire

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