Welcome to Maple Leaf
Submerged only 20 feet below the surface of the St. Johns River in Florida, the Maple Leaf remained hidden for almost 150 years. Her discovery in 1984 presented an unparalleled opportunity to increase our understanding of the nation’s bloodiest conflict. The cargo of the Maple Leaf contains some of the best-preserved Civil War artifacts yet discovered including, but not limited to, the personal belongings of the men of three infantry regiments. Presentation swords, surgeon’s equipment, and even souvenirs that Soldiers collected from Southern plantations are only a few of the historical treasures preserved in the muddy depths of the St. Johns. This virtual exhibit highlights these lost artifacts, telling the stories of Soldiers that used them and their daily lives as they served on a remote front in the struggle to cut off supply routes to the Confederacy.