Feb. 14, 2018 (Wednesday) — Naval Architecture of the Civil War Era This presentation by Marvin Fletcher, Ohio professor emeritus of history, will look at both the U.S and Confederate navies. The naval engineers and designers of the 1850s were experimenting with propulsion systems, weapons, and armament. When the Civil War began both sides had a variety of options as to what they should and could build. We will explore those experiments and how successful they were. We will also look at whether these experiments had an impact on the war itself and on the future of the US Navy.