Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Confederate Torpedo Boat David
In Memory of my
shipmates of the
Torpedo Boat David
Charleston S.C. Oct 5, 1863
Lieut. W.T. Glassell, C.S.N.
Pilot W.J. Cannon, C.S.N.
Fireman Jas.Sullivan, C.S.N.
James Hamilton Tomb, C.S.N.
Location. 30° 21.855′ N, 81° 39.011′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker can be reached from Winona Drive near N. Liberty Street, on the left. Touch for map. located near the enterance, inside, to Evergreen Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville FL 32206, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Mother" Midway A.M.E. Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Monument to Women of the Southern Confederacy (approx. 2.1 miles away); St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); 1914 United Confederate Veterans Reunion (approx. 2.1 miles away); Camp Site of the Forty-Ninth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Mungen House Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home (approx. 2.2 miles away); Second Missionary Baptist Church of LaVilla (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
Regarding Confederate Torpedo Boat David. CSS David, a 50-foot steam torpedo boat of "cigar-shaped" hull design, was privately built at Charleston, South Carolina, in 1863 under the supervision of David C. Ebaugh. After being taken over by the Confederate States Navy, she made a daring spar torpedo attack on the Federal ironclad New Ironsides on the night of 5 October 1863. The Union ship was damaged, though able to remain on station, and David was nearly lost when the splash from her torpedo's explosion swamped her powerplant. However, her engineer was able to get her underway, allowing her to escape back to Charleston.
David attacked the Federal gunboat Memphis in March 1864 and the frigate Wabash on 18 April of that year. As a result of her actions, several similar torpedo boats were begun at Charleston in 1864-65, with a few of them entering service. Some "David" type craft were captured when the city fell to Union forces in February 1865, along with a considerably larger steamship
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1. about book Engineer In Gray: James Hamilton Tomb, R. by Thomas Campbell. Chief Engineer James Hamilton Tomb devoted almost 12 years of his early life to wartime naval servicefirst in the Confederate States Navy during the American Civil War and then in the Marinha do Brasil during the War of the Triple Alliances. A steam engineer by profession and a torpedo expert by circumstance, Tomb was in the forefront of naval weapons technology of the period. Tomb quickly amassed not only the knowledge required of a steam engineer, but also the courage and capacity to assume important positions of command. Within days of his commissioning, he was on his way to his first assignmentfirst class engineer on the CSS Jackson at New Orleans, Louisiana, a point of great strategic importance. Here, amid a tightening blockade and a growing fear of Federal attack from the Gulf, Tombs memoirs begin Tombs first-person narration is interspersed with explanatory comments from the author; the author also fills in Tombs life at the memoirs beginning and end. Three appendices include documents by Tomb: Submarines (Submitted on July 17, 2012.)
2. CSS David, from Wikipedia,. was a Civil War-era torpedo boat built as a private venture by T. Stoney at Charleston, South Carolina in 1863, and put under the control of the Confederate States Navy. The cigar-shaped boat carried a 60- or 70-pound explosive charge on the end of a spar projecting forward from her bow. Designed to operate very low in the water, David resembled in general a submarine; she was, however, strictly a surface vessel. Operating on dark nights, and using anthracite coal which burns without smoke, David was nearly as hard to see as a true submarine. (Submitted on July 17, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,099 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 17, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.