CSS Charleston

CSS Charleston

Confederate Ironclad

Ordered: Fall 1862
Laid down: December 1862
Commissioned: 1863
Fate: Destroyed by fire to avoid capture 1865

General Characteristics
Area of Operation:
Displacement: 1,050 tons
Length: 200 feet (61 m)
Beam: 45 feet (14 m)
Draft: 14 feet (4.3 m)
Speed: 5 to 6 knots (9 to 11 km/h)
Complement: 150 officers and men
2 x 9 in (229 mm) Dahlgren smoothbores
4 x 32 lb (15 kg) rifles
Spar-mounted torpedo

Armor: Iron-plate

Construction at Charleston, South Carolina was authorized in fall 1862 and the ship was laid down in December 1862, entering service nine months later. The Charleston served as the Charleston Squadron’s flagship alongside CSS Palmetto State and CSS Chicora during the defence of that city. Captained by Cdr. Isaac N. Brown. Set on fire and abandoned in Charleston harbor on February 18, 1865 to prevent capture, along with its sister ships, as the city was evacuated by the Confederates.

The Charleston was larger and stronger than the other two Charleston ironclads, but was underpowered with unreliable engines.

List of Commanders/Crew
Cdr. Isaac N. Brown CSN

Painting Information

Books/Articles and other resources

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