CSS Tennessee (1863)

Tennessee in service with the Union Navy c.1865, after damage sustained in the Battle of Mobile Bay was repaired. US Navy photo.

Laid Down
1862
Launched
1863
Commissioned
1864
Decommissioned
1865
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History

The CSS Tennessee was a casemate ironclad warship, built along the design of the infamous CSS Virginia. She was laid down in 1862, and commissioned in February, 1864, at Selma, Alabama. Tennessee participated in the Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August, 1864, her only action under Conferedate control. The ship bravely took on Admiral Farragut's fleet almost single-handed, however, she was outmaneuvered, and her rudder chains were shot away. Tennessee was forced to surrender after sustaining heavy damage, but only two crew killed. She was repaired and taken into the Union Navy as the USS Tennessee, serving on the Mississippi River for the rest of the war. Decommissioned in August, 1865, Tennessee was sold for scrap in November, 1867. Several of her guns are preserved on display.