Battle of Albemarle SoundOn May 5, 1864, the Confederate ironclad ram CSS Albemarle under Commander James W. Cooke, with gunboats Cotton Plant and Bombshell, steamed out of the Roanoke River into Bachelor's Bay and Albemarle Sound before you, bound for New Bern. Dead ahead, however, waited the U.S. Navy gunboats Ceres, Commodore Hull, and Whitehead, and the transport Ida May. Beyond lay the double-ended steamers Mattabesett, Sassacus, Wyalusing, and Miami. Union Capt. Melancton Smith, commanding the fleet, intended to sink Albemarle. After dispatching Cotton Plant upriver, Albemarle and Bombshell engaged the Federals off Chowan County's Sandy Point. During the three-hour battle, Bombshell sustained heavy damage and surrendered. Albemarle was rammed and almost sunk by Sassacus but fired point-blank into the steamer's boiler, disabling it. Albemarle then escaped upriver to Plymouth for repairs.
|Series||This marker is part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||North Carolina Civil War Trails|
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|Date Added||Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 1:37am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 355005 N 3991334|
|Decimal Degrees||36.05578333, -76.60983333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 3.347', W 76° 36.59'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 3' 20.82" N, 76° 36' 35.40" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 505 S Broad St, Edenton NC 27932, US|
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