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CSS Old Savannah
CSS Savannah

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built as the steamer SS Everglade in 1856, at New York
  • Purchased by the State of Georgia in early 1861, converted into a gunboat for coast defense
  • Commissioned CSS Savannah by the Confederate States Navy, circa 18 January 1861, LT. J. N. Maffitt, CSN
  • Attached to the squadron of Flag Officer J. Tattnall, CSN
  • 5 and 6 November 1861, CSS Savannah in company with CSS Resolute, CSS Sampson, and CSS Lady Davis harassed Union forces preparing to attack Port Royal Sound, S.C.
  • Savannah assisted in the defense of Forts Walker and Beauregard, 7 November
  • In company with Resolute and CSS Sampson attacked Union vessels at the mouth of the Savannah River, 26 November 1861
  • Assisted in the attempted defense of Fort Pulaski on 10-11 April 1862
  • Reassigned as receiving ship at Savannah in 1862
  • Name changed to SS Oconee, 28 April 1863
  • In June SS Oconee loaded with cotton was dispatched to England to pay for much-needed supplies
  • Final Disposition, foundered in bad weather, 18 August 1863, a boat with four officers and 11 men was captured 2 days later; the remainder of her crew escaped
    Displacement 406 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament one 32-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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    CSS Savannah / Old Savannah
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Maffitt, John Newland12 November 1861 - ?
    02LT. Pelot, Thomas Postell16 September 1862 - ?
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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