The CSS Albemarle remained sunk in the Roanoke River until after the fall of Plymouth, North Carolina. The U.S. Navy then raised it and temporarily hull-patched the ship. Near the end of the war, it was towed by the USS Ceres to Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia.
The Albemarle arrived there 27 April 1865. On 7 June orders were received to repair her hull and she entered dry dock. Work on that was completed 14 August 1865. Two weeks later the ram was condemned by the Washington , D.C. prize court.
The ship was then placed in ordinary and never saw Navy service. It was sold at public auction on 15 October 1867 to J.N. Leonard & Co. and later probably scrapped for salvage.