Flagship of the Anti-Slave TradeThough the Civil War was a period of great innovation for the navy, with widespread use of steam power and the innovation of ironclads there was still a place in the fleet for sailing ships. Built at the Gosport yard in Portsmouth, Virginia, in 1854, USS Constellation was the flagship of the anti-slave trade African Squadron when the Civil War began in April 1861. The following month it made one of the first captures for the Union when it took the slaver Triton of Charleston, South Carolina. After briefly being recalled to American waters, Constellation was ordered to the Mediterranean where it fulfilled a variety of missions, including protecting American commerce from Confederate raiders. The U.S. Navy's role in the Civil War is often overlooked in favor of the armies, but the navy was crucial to achieving a Union victory. Naval vessels actively blockaded the Southern coastline, strangling the Confederacy's trade, patrolled for commerce raiders, and enabled the army to conduct effective amphibious operations.
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 361065 N 4349713|
|Decimal Degrees||39.28565000, -76.61093333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 17.139', W 76° 36.656'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 17' 8.34" N, 76° 36' 39.36" W|
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|Area Code(s)||301, 410, 443|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 301 E Pratt St, Baltimore MD 21202, US|
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