Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Friday, July 10, 2015

Navy Divers Prep to Raise CSS Georgia-- Part 3: Not Much of a History for It

At one point will certain people in the United States demand the ship be destroyed rather than raised because it represents the Confederacy and you know what it was fighting for.

The CSS Georgia was built in 1862 in Savannah, mostly by Confederate soldiers and with money raised by the Ladies Gunboat Association who raised $115,000.  It was constantly plagued by leaks because it was made of unseasoned wood.  Its engines were too weak to move against the Savannah River's strong current.  Though designed for ten guns, it was only carrying four and two light ones when the Confederates sank it in late 1864 to avoid capture.

Since it couldn't move against the current, it had spent its career anchored by Old Fort  Jackson south of the city and used as essentially a floating battery (which was why guns facing away from the river were removed).

Although, its very presence helped keep the Union fleet from ascending the river to take Savannah.

--Old B-Runner

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