CSS Clifton

CSS Clifton

Type: Wood
Propulsion: Side Wheel; Steam
Area of Operation: Gulf of Mexico

Launched: 1861
Acquired: 1861
Commissioned: 1862
Fate: burned to prevent capture in 1864

General Characteristics
Displacement: 892 Ton

On 8 September 1863, during a Federal attack on Sabine Pass, Texas, Clifton grounded while under intense cannon fire and was captured.

Entering Confederate service with the Texas Marine Department, Clifton was employed as a gunboat for some months. On 21 March 1864, she ran aground off Sabine Pass while attempting to run the blockade. After attempts to refloat the ship failed, Clifton was burned by her crew to prevent capture by Federal warships.

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