Columbus Captured in the Civil War
Columbus had divided over secession, but it eventually sent more than 1,200 men to serve the Confederacy. Its wartime industries supplied clothing, wagons. It boasted the South’s largest shoe factory and the Columbus Arsenal. Its Confederate Naval Iron Works made steam engines for ships, and the Navy Yard built the ironclad Muscogee.
Columbus heavy industry declined after the war, but the city maintained its primacy in textile production, ranking as a leader in the New South, after what became known as “The Last Land Battle of the War East of the Mississippi” on April 16, 1865, Today in Georgia History.
The remains of the hull of the Muscogee are on exhibit at the Port Columbus Civil War Naval Center.