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CSS Columbia


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Iron-clad Ram:
  • Built at Charleston, S.C., in 1864, of yellow pine and white oak with iron fastenings and 6-inch iron plating
  • Columbia was damaged, 12 January 1865, in coming out of Charleston, she had run on a sunken wreck
  • When the Union forces took possession of Charleston on 18 February 1865 they found Columbia in jeopardy near Fort Moultrie
  • When seized Columbia was found to have had her guns and some armor plating removed and ship-worms already at work
  • Raised, 26 April 1865, and towed by USS Vanderbilt to Hampton Roads, VA., where she arrived 25 May 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement unknown
    Length 215'
    Beam 51' 4"
    Depth of Hold 13'
    Draft 13' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 50
    Armament
    four pivot guns
    two broadside guns
    Propulsion
    two steam engines
    twin propellers

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