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CSS Richmond


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Richmond class Ironclad Ram:
  • Built in 1862 at Gosport (Norfolk) Navy Yard
  • Launched, 6 May 1862
  • Completed in Richmond in July 1862
  • Commissioned CSS Richmond in July 1862, CDR. Robert Baker Pegram, CSN in command
  • Richmond, under LT. William H. Parker, CSN, took part in engagements at Dutch Gap, 13 August; Fort Harrison, 29 September-1 October; Chapin's Bluff, 22 October 1864 and 23-24 January 1865, at Trents' Reach
  • Destroyed by order of RADM Rapheal Semmes, CSN to prevent capture by Federal forces when the Confederate capital was evacuated, 3 April 1865
    Specifications:
    Displacement unknown
    Length 172' 6"
    Beam 34'
    Depth of Hold 14'
    Draft 12'
    Speed 5 kts
    Complement 150
    Armament
    four rifled guns, two on each side
    two shell guns, on each side
    one spar torpedo
    Propulsion steam

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    Richmond 80k Wash drawing by R.G. Skerrett, 1900, depicting CSS Richmond underway on the James River, VA., during the Civil War.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 75620 Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    Bill Gonyo
    Richmond 60k "The New Rebel Iron-clad 'Richmond', or Virginia No. 2' -- From Sketches found on Board the 'Teaser'."
    Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, based on sketches obtained when CSS Teaser was captured on the James River, Virginia, 4 July 1862. It depicts CSS Richmond, which was then completing at Richmond, VA.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 58746
    Bill Gonyo
    Richmond 57k Line engraving, published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting CSS Richmond as seen from off the bow, in plan view on the gun deck and in section through the hull. All of these depictions, which are based on sketches captured in July 1862, are rather inaccurate.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 58745
    Bill Gonyo
    Richmond 124k "The Rebel Iron-Clad Fleet Forcing the Obstructions in James River", 23 January 1865
    Line engraving, based on a sketch by A.R. Waud, published in "Harper's Weekly", 11 February 1865, page 81. It depicts the Confederate ironclads CSS Virginia II, CSS Richmond and CSS Fredericksburg attempting to run past the obstructions at Trent's Reach to attack Federal positions along the James River.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59187
    Bill Gonyo

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