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CSS Muscogee

CSS JACKSON (1864) (also known as CSS Muscogee)

Built: Columbus, Georgia

Commissioned: Incomplete

Service: Chattahoochee River, Georgia

Home Port: Columbus, Georgia

Dimensions: 223.5' Length, 56.5' Beam, 8' Draft

Armor: Unknown

Armament: 4x7 Brooke Rifles, 2x6.4 Brooke Rifles, 2x12lb Boat Howitzers

Engines: Probably Single Screw

Speed: Unknown

Crew: Unknown

Fate: Destroyed to prevent capture, April 1865



Summary

This large and impressive ironclad, called both Muscogee and Jackson in Confederate records, was constructed near Columbus Georgia. She had experienced some delays, but was proceeding on schedule and was near completion when Wilson's Raider's attacked Columbus in April, 1865. Fearing that Union forces might capture the vessel, locals took it upon themselves to burn and scuttle her. Her loss was a huge material blow to the Confederacy, due to the iron, manpower, and armament expended in her construction. If completed, she would likely have been the best ironclad built in Georgia, and one of the more powerful ironclads in service with the CSN. Data about her armor protection remains unclear, but the recovery of her wreck in the 1960s showed strong evidence that she was perhaps a few days short of completion.

Interestingly, this is one of the few ironclads about which we have some indication of color. Anecdotal evidence suggests that her hull was painted in a pale grey or white shade.

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