Recently while reading a Woodalls RV travel guide during my lunch hour I decided to look through the section with all the attractions & campgrounds in Georgia. When I looked at Columbus Ga, I wasn’t surprised at all that the National Civil War Naval Museum was listed but I was astounded that they didn’t mention what I consider to be the main attraction. The CSS Jackson Civil War Ironclad ship is really something to behold in person. The Woodalls ad mentioned the Water Witch which is very cool as well, but I like the ironclad.
The Curator at the museum did a great video piece on the CSS Jackson for C-Span. You can view that video at the link below.
You can visit the museum website at National Civil War Naval Museum
Ironclads were out of sight and out of mind for me until the movie Sahara (2005) was released starring Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz, Steve Zahn, William H. Macy, Rainn Wilson and one of my favorite actors Delroy Lindo (in a bit part). The movie premise centers around a treasure hunter seeking a fortune in confederate gold thought to be aboard a missing confederate ironclad battleship from the civil war. Whether or not you have seen the movie (I recommend it), and you plan to be in the Columbus Georgia area I suggest you watch the movie again (or for the first time) just prior to your visit to this fine museum. You visit will surely be enhanced. The movie Sahara adds a bit of mystique to the ironclads of the civil war era.
I have been to this museum several times and have enjoyed it. It’s inexpensive and educational as well. Watch the C-Span video in the link above to get an idea of how massive the ship is, but it will still surprise you when you see it in person. Happy travels.