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CSS Savannah

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Civil War Medal

Richmond type Ironclad Ram:
  • Built in 1863 as an ironclad steam sloop Savannah by H. F. Willink for the Confederacy at Savannah, GA.
  • Commissioned in 1863 as CSS Savannah CDR. R. F. Pinkney, CSN, in command, assigned to naval forces in the Savannah River under command of Flag Officer W. W. Hunter, CSN., 30 June 1863
  • Final Disposition, burned by the Confederates, 21 December 1864, when Savannah was threatened by the approach of Gen. W. T. Sherman, USA
    Displacement unknown
    Length 150'
    Beam 34'
    Depth of Hold 14'
    Draft 12' 6"
    Speed 6 to 7 kts.
    Complement 180
    two 7" rifles
    two 6.4" rifles
    Propulsion steam

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    Savannah 33k "The Rebel Turtle Ram Just Launched at Savannah."
    Line engraving published in "Harpers Weekly", January-June 1863, page 164. This view may have been intended to depict (however inaccurately) CSS Savannah, which was launched at Savannah, Georgia, in February 1863.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 51961
    Bill Gonyo
    Savannah 335k Civil War wood-cut engraving titled "THE DESTRUCTION OF THE REBEL RAM, SAVANNAH BY THE ENEMY ON THE EVE OF THE FEDERAL OCCUPATION OF SAVANNAH", published in "Harper's Weekly" February 1865. Tommy Trampp

    CSS Savannah
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

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