Battle of Fort Sumter Online Exhibit
The Floating Battery
Caption: The Floating Battery during the Attack on Fort Sumter.
Source: Illustration from New York Illustrated News, April 27, 1861, page .
A floating battery is vessel that is heavily armed but has few other characteristics of a warship. The Floating Battery in Charleston was an ironclad vessel, constructed in early 1861 and used in the attack on Fort Sumter.