Plymouth in Washington County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Sinking of CSS Albemarle
The Confederate ironclad had been moored here in Plymouth for repair since its last engagement, and a floating log barrier protected it from torpedo attack. Late on the night of October 27, Cushing set out in his launch and, after he spotted Albemarle, decided to seize it. Before he got close enough to board, however, a dog’s bark alerted the Confederate guards, who opened fire. Cushing ordered the launch toward the ironclad at full steam. When he saw the log barrier, he rode over it, but the launch stuck instead of penetrating to the ironclad. Cushing, with a wounded hand and bullet-riddled clothes, lowered the torpedo
Cushing torpedo boat, Lt. William B. Cushing (inset)
Cushing sinking the CSS Albemarle
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 27, 1864.
Location. 35° 52.097′ N, 76° 44.981′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, North Carolina, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Water Street and Adams Street, on the left when traveling east. Located on the waterfront behind the Plymouth Police Department and RBC Bank. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 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. Siege of Plymouth, NC (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); CSS Albemarle (about 500 feet away); a different CSS Albemarle (about 500 feet away); Rt. Rev. Alfred Augustin Watson (about 500 feet away); Washington County Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Brick House Landing (about 500 feet away); Replica 6.4 inch Brooke Rifled Cannon (about 500 feet away); Battle of Plymouth (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 1, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 890 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 1, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 3. submitted on July 2, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 4. submitted on July 1, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.