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Sinking of the CSS ‘'Nashville (Rattlesnake)”

 
 
Sinking of the CSS ''Nashville(Rattlesnake)" Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. Sinking of the CSS ''Nashville(Rattlesnake)" Marker
Inscription. In July, 1862 the CSS "Nashville", Capt. Baker, ran the Union blockade and entered Savannah via Wilmington river with a cargo of arms. Loaded with cotton for Europe, she attempted to escape via Ossabaw Sound. Thwarted by the vigilance of the blockading squadron, she was withdrawn up Great Ogeechee River and refitted as a raider. Renamed "Rattlesnake", her silhouette was lowered and she received heavier guns. In February, 1863, ready for sea, she dropped down-river to Fort McAllister to plan her escape. On the 27th, she was forced to retire upstream upon approach of the armored monitor "Montauk", Comdr. J.L. Worden, USN, and ran aground in Seven Mile Reach a short distance above the fort.

Early on the 28th, "Montauk" anchored near the fort and within 1200 yards of "Nashville (Rattlesnake)". She opened fire with 11-inch and 15-inch guns while her escort shelled the fort. Fires broke out and shortly "Nashville" was aflame fore and aft. At 9:20 her pivot gun burst, at 9:40 her funnel went by the board, and at at 9:55 her magazine exploded, shattering her into smoking ruins.

Although undamaged by direct hits from the fort`s guns, "Montauk" struck a torpedo while dropping down-river which blew a hole in her bottom. She was beached in the mud for repairs.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical
Sinking of the CSS ''Nashville(Rattlesnake)" Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2009
2. Sinking of the CSS ''Nashville(Rattlesnake)" Marker
Commission. (Marker Number 015-7.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 31° 53.384′ N, 81° 11.937′ W. Marker is in Richmond Hill, Georgia, in Bryan County. Marker can be reached from Fort McAllister Road. Click for map. Located behind Visitor Center , along path to Fort McAllister. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond Hill GA 31324, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Destruction of the C.S.S. Nashville (a few steps from this marker); C.S.S. Nashville (a few steps from this marker); Fort McAllister The Naval Bombardments (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort McAllister The Assault From The Rear (within shouting distance of this marker); Capt. John McCrady (within shouting distance of this marker); Major John B. Gallie (within shouting distance of this marker); Tom Cat (within shouting distance of this marker); Machinery From The C.S.S. Nashville (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond Hill.
 
Also see . . .  Our Georgia History; Fort McAllister. Upon investigation the federal forces surmised the Rattlesnake's problem and prepared to finish her
Sinking of the CSS ''Nashville(Rattlesnake)" Marker seen along the path from the Visitors Center Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2009
3. Sinking of the CSS ''Nashville(Rattlesnake)" Marker seen along the path from the Visitors Center
Shares location with "Fort McAllister The Assault From The Rear "( left) and "Fort McAllister Naval Bombardments" (center) and (right)Sinking of the CSS ''Nashville(Rattlesnake)" Marker
off... (Submitted on February 13, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,180 times since then and 134 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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