People seem to forget just how crazy the civil war was. It is still statistically the bloodiest civil war on record. It was a huge deal in preserving American dominance. There was no way we were going to let the Condeferacy branch of and deprive the federal government of the riches supplied by agricultural facilitied surrounding the Missisippi river valley and Mason Dixie line. Therefore both sides were gonna go all out, and that included building these enormous iron hulled steam ships that patrolled along the Georgian and Carolina Riviera, as well as the Mississippi. There were even submarines that were built to use as weapons of war! Unfortunately that invention failed, but nevertheless, this highlights just how much money amid resources were poured into this war effort. This gigantic sunken relic represents the magnitude of this war.