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 beneath Albemarle’s wooden hull and pulled a lanyard that dropped a grapeshot on the detonator. The explosion sank Albemarle but also swamped the launch. Cushing and his
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
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. Touch for map. Located on the waterfront behind the Plymouth Police Department and RBC Bank. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 E Water St, Plymouth NC 27962, United States of America.
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 marker also named 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 Canon (about 500 feet away); Battle of Plymouth (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
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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 687 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 1, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3. submitted on July 2, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 4. submitted on July 1, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.