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Albemarle (II)
CSS Albemarle (1863 - 1865)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Ironclad Ram:
  • Built on the Roanoke River at Edwards Ferry, N.C., in 1863-64
  • Commissioned CSS Albemarle, 10 April 1864, CDR. James W. Cooke, CSN, in command
  • Participated in the capture of Plymouth, N.C., 19 April 1864, sinking USS Southfield
  • Albemarle was torpedoed and sunk by LT. William B. Cushing, USN, with a crew of 14 while undergoing repairs on the Roanoke River, 27-28 October 1864
  • Raised by Union forces, condemned as a prize, 27 April 1865 and purchased by the US Navy
  • Sold, sold at public auction, 15 October 1867 to J. N. Leonard & Co
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement unknown
    Length 152'
    Beam 34'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 9'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    two 6.4" rifles
    Propulsion steam

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    Albemarle 85k General plan of CSS Albemarle which appears to be a copy of a Civil War era drawing. The original is plan # 3-5-27 in Record Group 19 at the U.S. National Archives.
    US National Achieves Record Group 18, US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 76384
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 239k CSS Albemarle under construction at Edward's Ferry, North Carolina on the Roanoke River. Numerous Confederate ironclads were constructed in primitive makeshift shipyards such as the one at Edward's Ferry. Albemarle was armed with two pivot-mounted 6.4-inch rifles and her casemate protected by two layers of two-inch-thick iron plates.
    Image courtesy US Naval Institute Archive
    Tommy Trampp
    Albemarle 90k 19th Century photographic reproduction of an artwork of CSS Albemarle under way.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 57270
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 89k Sepia wash drawing of CSS Albemarle by R. G. Skerrett, 1899.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 57815
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 87k 19th Century engraving of CSS Albemarle as she appeared "ready for action".
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 57266
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 138k Engraving entitled "The Rebel Ram Attacking Federal Gun-Boats at Plymouth, North Carolina" published in "Harper's Weekly", May 1864, depicting CSS Albemarle driving off USS Miami, after ramming and sinking USS Southfield (foreground), 19 April 1864.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59161
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 143k "Wood versus iron" 19th Century photograph of an artwork by Acting Second Engineer Alexander C. Stuart, USN, 1864. It shows CSS Albemarle engaging several Federal gunboats on Albemarle Sound, North Carolina, 5 May 1864. USS Sassacus is in left center, ramming the Confederate ironclad. Other U.S. Navy ships seen are (from left): USS Commodore Hull, USS Wyalusing and USS Mattabesett. The Confederate transport CSS Bombshell, captured during the action, is in the right background. Albemarle was not significantly damaged during this action, which left Sassacus disabled by a hit in one of her boilers. US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 1673. From the collection of Surgeon H.P. Babcock, presented by George R. Babcock, 1938. Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 295k An illustration of LT. William Barker Cushing and his crew of 14 in their steam launch making their daring nighttime raid on CSS Albemarle, 27 October 1864.
    Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (vol. 2) (New York, NY: Harper and Brothers, 1912), Benson John Lossing, ed
    Tommy Trampp
    Albemarle 211k 1878 magazine engraving ~ :DESTRUCTION OF "ALBEMARLE" ~ Lt W.B. CUSHING, U.S.N." CSS Albemarle being attacked with a torpedo and sunk by LT. W. B. Cushing, USN, with a crew of 14. CSS Albemarle was undergoing repairs on the Roanoke River at the time, 27-28 October 1864. Tommy Trampp
    Albemarle 202k Artwork entitled "Cushings Daring and Successful Exploit" by Bacon, published in "Deeds of Valor", Volume II, page 74, by the Perrien-Keydel Company, Detroit, 1907. It depicts the attack on CSS Albemarle by a torpedo launch commanded by Lieutenant William B. Cushing, USN, at Plymouth, North Carolina, 27 October 1864. The torpedo boat is shown crashing over Albemarle's protective log boom to deliver its torpedo against the ironclad's hull.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 79932
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 185k CSS Albemarle torpedoed and sunk by Lieutenant William B. Cushing's torpedo launch, at Plymouth, North Carolina, 27 October 1864. Phototype published by F. Gutekunst, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa the later 19th Century. Print from the Skerrett Collection, Bethlehem Steel Company Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 57267
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 71k Battle between USS Sassacus and CSS Albemarle, May 1864.
    Copy of painting. ,1883 - 1966. Image from Still Picture Records LICON, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S).
    National Archives ARC Identifier: 513022
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 112k CSS Albemarle sunk off Plymouth, North Carolina, circa 1865. She had been sunk on 27-28 October 1864 by a torpedo boat. One section of her armored casemate has been displaced. Photographed by W.B. Rose for A.J. Smith of New Berne, NC. Taken from the wharf at Plymouth, with the swamp and woods opposite the town in the background. Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 58773
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 82k CSS Albemarle at Norfolk Navy Yard after salvage, circa 1865. Two ladies are standing on her deck, near a section of displaced casemate armor.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 63375, Courtesy of Mr. J.C. Hanscom.
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 112k A halftone reproduction of a photograph of CSS Albemarle taken after the ship was salvaged, 1865.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 57265, donation of Rear Admiral Ammen C. Farenholt, 1938.
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 177k CSS Albemarle tied up along with other ships at Norfolk Navy Yard, circa 1865-67.
    Image from "The Photographic History of The Civil War in Ten Volumes: Volume Six, The Navies". The Review of Reviews Co., New York. 1911. p. 87.
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 31k Drawing of Albemarle after being purchased by US Navy and repaired. US Naval History and Heritage Command

    CSS Albemarle / Albemarle II
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Cooke, James Wallace, CSN10 April 1864 - 17 June 1864
    02CDR. Maffitt, John Newland, CSN17 June 1864 - September 1864
    031st. LT. Warley, Alexander3 F., CSNSeptember 1864 - 27 October 1864
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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