Sinking of the CSS ''Nashville (Rattlesnake)"

Sinking of the CSS ''Nashville (Rattlesnake)" (HMAI0)

Location: Richmond Hill, GA 31324 Bryan County
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N 31° 53.384', W 81° 11.937'

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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 Thwarted by the vigilance of the blockading squadron, she was withdrawn up Great Ogeechee River and refitted as a raider.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.
HM NumberHMAI0
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number015-7
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 12:43pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 481185 N 3528230
Decimal Degrees31.88973333, -81.19895000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 53.384', W 81° 11.937'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 53' 23.04" N, 81° 11' 56.22" W
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Area Code(s)229, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3894 Fort McAllister Rd, Richmond Hill GA 31324, US
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