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CSS Chickamauga

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • Built, date an location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Blockade runner Edith was purchased by the Confederate Navy at Wilmington, N.C., in 1864
  • CSS Chickamauga stood out to sea, 28 October 1864, LT. J. Wilkinson CSN in command, for a cruise north to the entrance of Long Island Sound, thence to St. Georges, Bermuda, for repairs and coal
  • Chickamauga took several prizes before returning to Wilmington, 19 November 1864
  • During the bombardment of Fort Fisher, 24-25 December 1864, a portion of Chickamauga's crew served the guns at the fort
  • Although not immediately engaged in defense of Fort Fisher, the ship rendered further aid in transporting ammunition
  • She lent support to the fort when it was bombarded again on 15 January 1865
  • Final Disposition, after the evacuation of Wilmington, Chickamauga went up the Cape Fear River where she was sunk by the Confederates
    Displacement 585 t.
    Length 220'
    Beam 24'
    Depth of Hold 14'
    Draft unknown
    Speed 17 kts.
    Complement 120
    Armament three rifle cannons
    Propulsion steam

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    Chickamauga 94k Wash drawing CSS Chickamauga by Clary Ray, 25 June 1897. This ship was originally the blockade running steamer Edith
    . US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59630. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    Robert Hurst

    CSS Chickamauga
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