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Hampton Class Screw Gunboat:
Built a Norfolk, VA. in 1862
Launched in 1862
Commissioned, CSS Nansemond circa May 1862, LT. J Rutledge CSN in command
Assigned to duty with the James River Squadron under Flag Officer S. Barron, CSN, she sailed from Norfolk with the other vessels of the squadron on 4 May 1862, just prior to the evacuation of the Norfolk Navy Yard at Portsmouth, VA..
Nansemond continued on active duty in the James River until the end of the war taking part in the engagements at Hewlett's, Va., 21 June 1864, Dutch Gap, 14 August 1864, and Fort Harrison, 29 September-1 October 1864.
Final Disposition, destroyed by Confederate forces to avoid capture by Union forces upon evacuation of Richmond, 3 April 1865
Displacement 166 t.
Depth of Hold 8'
Speed 11.5 kts
two 8" guns
two steam engines
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||Pencil sketch by LT. Walter R. Butt, CSN, 1865 depicting CSS Nansemond off Chaffins Bluff, on the James River, VA., 22 March 1865.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 73908, courtesy of Marshall W. Butt, Director, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, Portsmouth, VA, 1971.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Rutledge, John CSN||4 May 1862 - 30 November 1863|
|02||LT. Rochelle, James Henry CSN||30 November 1863 - 30 April 1864|
|03||Master Read, William W. CSN||1 May 1864 - 18 May 1864|
|04||LT. Murdaugh, John W. CSN||18 May 1864 - 8 June 1864|
|05||LT. Hays, Charles W. CSN||8 June 1864 - 11 October 1864|
|06||LT. Skinner, Thomas L. CSN||12 October 1864 - 26 October 1864|
|07||LT. Hays, Charles W. CSN||26 October 1864 - 17 November 1864|
|08||LT. Bell, Thomas P. CSN||17 November 1864 - 1 December 1864|
|09||LT. Butt, Walter R. CSN||1 December 1864 - 3 April 1865|
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