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CSS Ellis (1861 - 1862)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1860 by Harlan & Hollingsworth, Wilmington, Delaware
Purchased at Norfolk, VA. in 1861 by the State of North Carolina and turned over to the Confederacy when that State became a member
Ellis, CDR. W. T. Muse, CSN, in command, played an important part in the defense of Fort Hatteras and Fort Clark in Hatteras Inlet, N.C., 28-29 August 1861,
of Roanoke Island, 7-8 February 1862, and finally of Elizabeth City, N.C. 10 February 10, 1862
Ellis was captured at Elizabeth City, 10 November by USS Ceres after a desperate struggle in which her commander, LT. James W. Cooke, CSN, was badly wounded.
Taken into the Union Navy, commissioned USS Ellis LT. C. L. Franklin in command
USS Ellis was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron serving in the sounds and rivers of North Carolina
Ellis participated in a combined expedition which captured Fort Macon, Beaufort Harbor, N.C., 25 April 1862
Detailed to blockade of Bogue Inlet,14 October 1862, she captured and burned schooner Adelaide a week later
In November 1862 Ellis, under command of LT. W. B. Cushing, sailed up the New River Inlet to capture Jacksonville, N.C.
On her way down river Ellis ran aground, 24 November and could not be refloated
Under cover of darkness that night Cushing removed all the crew except six and all the equipment that could be moved to a captured schooner
Remaining onboard Cushing and his men prepared to fight
Confederate artillery opened fire the next morning forcing Cushing to decide between surrender and a pull of a mile and a half to a waiting schooner
choosing not to surrender Cushing set fire to the ship in five places before leaving his ship. Leaving the gun trained on the enemy his plan was to let the ship
herself carry on the fight when flames would fire the cannon
Cushing was able to make good his escape and Ellis was blown to pieces by the explosion of her magazine
Displacement 100 t.
Depth of Hold unknown
one 32-pdr rifle
one 12-pdr howitzer
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||Copy of a pencil drawing of the captured Confederate gunboat CSS Ellis from a diary that was published in 1911 as the book
"Long Roll", by Charles F. Johnson, 1843-1896.
||Drawing of CSS Ellis from the New York Historical Society collection.
CSS Ellis / USS Ellis
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 3 November 2017
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