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CSS Chattahoochee

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Side-wheel Gunboat:
  • Built in 1862-63 at Saffold, GA. by David Saunders Johnston, under the supervision of LT. C. R. Jones, CSN
  • Launched, 1 January 1863
  • Commissioned, CSS Chattahoochee in February 1863
  • The ship was plagued by machinery failures, including a boiler explosion that killed 18 on 27 May 1863
  • Chattahoochee was moved from her anchorage at Blountstown, FL, 10 June 1864, to Columbus, GA., for repairs
  • Scuttled the Apalachicola River in December 1864, Chattahoochee was destroyed to prevent capture
  • Sunken remains of Chattahoochee were found in 1963, later raised and placed on display at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus GA.
    Displacement unknown
    Length 150'
    Beam 25'
    Depth of Hold 10'
    Draft 8'
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement 120
    four 32-pdr smooth bore guns
    one 32 pdr rifle
    one 9" Dahlgren smooth bore gun
    two horizontal steam engines
    two propellers

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    Chattahoochee 85k An undated painting of CSS Chattahoochee under way, probably on the Apalachicola River. Artist unknown.
    Image courtesy of National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, GA.
    Robert Hurst
    Chattahoochee 273k Illustration of CSS Chattahoochee from, "Ships of the Civil War 1861-1865: An Illustrated Guide to the Fighting Vessels of the Union and the Confederacy", 2013, by Kevin J. Dougherty. Tommy Trampp
    Chattahoochee 81k The stern CSS Chattahoochee on display at the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, GA. Robert Hurst
    Chattahoochee 110k The engines and lower portion of the after hull, from the Confederate steam gunboat CSS Chattahoochee. Photographed following recovery in the vicinity of Columbus, GA., circa the early or middle 1960s. Note the engines' horizontal cylinders, with the shafts of her twin screws beyond them. This machinery had been wrecked with sledge hammers when the ship was scuttled in December 1864.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 55226. Courtesy of the Confederate Salvage Association.
    Robert Hurst

    CSS Chattahoochee
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Catesby, ap Roger Jones, CSNJuly 1862 - 4 February 1863
    02LT. Guthrie, John Julius, CSN4 February 1863 - March 1864
    03LT. Gift, George Washington, CSNMarch 1864 - July 1864
    04unknownJuly 1864 - December 1864

    Personnel Killed May 1863
    Those killed in the explosion (with those who later died of their wounds) were:
    Fred W. Arents, Third Assistant Engineer, of Richmond, Virginia
    Charles H. Berry, Quartermaster, of Tampa, Florida
    William B. Bilbro, Pilot, of Columbus, Georgia
    Edward Conn, Coal Heaver, of Apalachicola, Florida
    Charles Douglas, Second Class Fireman
    Henry Fagan, Second Assistant Engineer, of Key West, Florida
    Manassa Faircloth, Landsman, of Hardaway, Florida <
    Eugene Henderson, Paymaster's Clerk, of Tuskegee, Alabama
    Joseph Hicks, First Class Fireman, of Georgia
    Euclid P. Hodges, Third Assistant Engineer, of Maryland
    John Joliff, Seaman
    James H. Jones, Landsman, of Florida
    Enoch C. Lanpher, Second Class Fireman, of Columbus, Georgia
    Charles K. Mallory, Midshipman, of Virginia
    William Moore, Landsman, of Florida
    John S. Spear, Landsman, of Florida
    James Thomas, Landsman, of Florida
    Lewis C. Wild, Landsman, of Florida
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Wikipedia - CSS Chattahoochee
    Wikipedia - Catesby ap Roger Jones
    An Investigation into the Remains of the Confederate Gunboat CSS Chattahoochee
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