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CSS Raleigh


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Steamer:
  • A small, iron-hulled, propeller-driven towing steamer, built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Operated on the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal
  • Taken over by the State of North Carolina in May 1861
  • Transferred to the Confederate States the following July
  • Commissioned CSS Raleigh, date unknown, LT. J. W. Alexander, CSN in command
  • Raleigh served in coastal waters of North Carolina and Virginia and in the James River
  • She supported Forts Hatteras and Clark on 28-29 August 1861
  • Participated in the expedition, 1 October, to capture United States Army steamer Fanny
  • Accompanied CSS Sea Bird when she reconnoitered Pamlico Sound 20 January 1862
  • She was active in defense of Roanoke Island, N.C., against an amphibious assault, 7-8 February 1862 and at Elizabeth City, N.C., 2 days later
  • Raleigh escaped the North Carolina sounds through Dismal Swamp Canal to Norfolk, VA.
  • The steamer served, 8-9 March 1862, as tender to CSS Virginia during the historic battle of ironclads at Hampton Roads
  • With the Federal recapture of Norfolk Navy Yard in May 1862, Raleigh steamed up the James River but a shortage of crew rendered her unable to continue to fight
  • Renamed Roanoke near the end of the war
  • Final Disposition, destroyed by the Confederates,4 April 1865, upon the evacuation of Richmond
    Specifications:
    Displacement 65 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament one to four guns
    Propulsion steam

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