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Civil War Medal
Believed to have been an Erie Canal steamer
Built, date and location unknown
Acquired by the US Army, date unknown
Sunk by the Confederate batteries in Albemarle Sound, N.C., 18 April 1864
Raised by the Confederate forces and taken into their navy under the command of LT. A. G. Hudgins, CSN
Bombshell was recaptured in Albemarle Sound by USS Mattabesett and USS Sassacus,
5 May 1864 and sent to New York
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Depth of Hold unknown
Draft 3' 6"
Speed 13 kts
one 20-pdr gun
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||"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.
||Drawings of CSS Bombshell. The big, dark structure abaft the sidewheels is in the right place for a walking beam, but it's
oddly drawn. There's no bridge or wheelhouse visible, but that would commonly be incorporated at the front end of the cabin, maybe raised slightly. In the second drawing
it does look like a protective shield and roof for weather.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 13 October 2017
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