CSS Atlanta, Berkeley Designs, model ship
On June 17th, 1863, Atlanta engaged the Union Navy near Savannah in an attempt to break the North’s naval blockade. She repeatedly ran aground in the inland waters of Wassaw Sound and took five direct hits from Union monitor USS Weehawken. With most of her crew injured and unable to maneuver, Atlanta surrendered within 20 minutes of the battle. After repairs were made in Philadelphia federal naval yard, she spent the rest of the war in the Union Navy as “U.S.S. Atlanta” running blockade and supporting General Ulysses Grant’s advance towards Richmond, the capital of the Confederate States.
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