|Burned timbers and armor beneath hull of CSS Jackson (Picket photo)|
The National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus has been raising money to rebuild the fantail for the CSS Jackson.
Remains of the Jackson and the twin-screw wooden ship CSS Chattahoochee are the star exhibits of the museum and are inside the main building. Both were lost in April 1865 at war’s end -- the Jackson set afire by Federal captors and the Chattahoochee scuttled by its own crew. They were recovered from the Chattahoochee River in the 1960s.
|Some of the fantail's armor plating, with wood in backgroumd (Picket photo)|
Museum Executive Director Holly Wait told the Picket in an email this week that work on the fantail alone will tally about $190,000. About $250,000 has been raised for related work.
Wait expects work on the fantail to be done by the end of 2022.
|The inverted fan tail in 2019, before the fire (Picket photo)|
Southern Custom Exhibits of Anniston, Ala., will recreate the fantail using original iron. The burned wood covered by the armor is unusable but may be displayed in some fashion, Wait said.
The museum is accepting further donations here. Two anonymous donors have supported the fantail work thus far, officials said. The museum plans to build an exhibit focusing on the ship's feature once all work is complete.
Each plate of the fantail weighed nearly 400 pounds.
Following the fire, Terra Mare Conservators and others documented, cleaned and treated the Chattahoochee’s engines and the Jackson’s fantail.
Jeff Seymour, director of history and collections at the museum, wrote last year about the ironclad:
|CSS Jackson, first known as Muscogee (Wikipedia)|
|Fasteners and other items associated with the fantail (Picket photo)|