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CSS Fredericksburg

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Civil War Medal

Ironclad Ram:
  • Built at Richmond, VA., 1862-63
  • March 1864 she was taken down to Drewry's Bluff to be fitted out, and placed in command of CDR. T. R. Rootes, CSN.
  • CSS Fredericksburg actively engaged Federal forces in the James River from mid-1864 until the end of the war
  • Participated in an action with Union ships in Trent's Reach, 21 June 1864, August, October, December 1864 and January 1865
  • Destroyed by Confederate forces to avoid capture by Federal forces with the evacuation of Richmond, 3 April 1865
    Displacement unknown
    Length 188'
    Beam 40' 3"
    Draft 9' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 150
    one 11" gun
    one 8" rifle
    two 6.4" rifles
    Propulsion steam

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    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

    CSS Fredericksburg
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

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