The Civil War in Missouri

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Sub Marine No. 7, Eads’ & Nelson's Steam Wreck Boat

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One of the vessels Eads used in his salvage business was this double-hulled snag boat. Early in the war he converted it into the Benton, the largest and most powerful Union gunboat in the western flotilla.