Plymouth in Washington County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Albemarle first saw action on April 19, 1864, during the Battle of Plymouth, when it rammed and sank USS Southfield. It also indirectly caused the death of the Federal fleet’s commander, Charles W. Flusser. A shell fired from Flusser’s ship (USS Miami) at Albemarle bounced off the iron plating back onto Miami and exploded, killing Flusser,
On May 5, in an engagement in Albemarle Sound, the Albemarle faced seven U.S. gunboats. Despite being outgunned 60 cannons to two, outshelled 557 to 27, and rammed, Albemarle escaped destruction. The ironclad finally was torpedoed (blown up with a mine on the end of a wooden spar) on October 27, by a motor launch commanded by Lt. William B. Cushing, and sank. The Federals recaptured Plymouth on October 31.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Location. 35° 52.14′ N, 76° 44.895′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, North Carolina, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Water Street and Madison Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located behind the Port O’ Plymouth Roanoke River Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 E Water St, Plymouth NC 27962, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named CSS Albemarle (here, next to this marker); Battle of Plymouth (within shouting distance of this marker); Replica 6.4 inch Brooke Rifled Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Siege of Plymouth, NC (within shouting distance of Rt. Rev. Alfred Augustin Watson (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cushing’s Torpedo (about 500 feet away); Latham House (about 700 feet away); Washington County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
More about this marker. On the left is a sketch of "The CSS Albemarle ready for action."
On the right are images of the "The CSS Albemarle rammed by the USS Sassacus" and "The CSS Albemarle sinking the USS Southfield."
Also see . . . CSS Albemarle. Washington County TDA (Submitted on July 1, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 663 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 1, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.