FEBRUARY 18TH, 1865: Rear Admiral Semmes assumed command of the Confederate James River squadron. "My fleet," he wrote, "consisted of three iron-clads and five wooden gunboats."
The ironclads, each mounting four guns, were the CSS Virginia No. 2, Richmond and Fredericksburg. The wooden ships included the CSS Hampton, Nansemond, Roanoke, Beaufort and Torpedo; all mounted two guns except the torpedo which had just one.
Semmes also noted: "The fleet was assisted, in the defence of the river, by several shore batteries, in command of naval officers...."
I wonder what had happened to the CSS Patrick Henry?