1. Education
Send to a Friend via Email

CSS Tennessee

By

CSS Tennessee

CSS Tennessee after its capture at the Battle of Mobile Bay

Photograph Courtesy of the US Navy

CSS Tennessee

  • Nation: Confederate
  • Type: Casemate Ironclad
  • Displacement: 1,273 tons
  • Crew: 133
  • Wartime Service Dates: 1864
  • Civil War Armament: 2 x 7-inch rifles, 4 x 6.4-inch rifles
  • Notes: Though construction began in 1862, CSS Tennessee was not completed until 1864, due to a lack of materials. Tennessee, like most Confederate ironclads, featured a large, armored enclosure for its guns known as a casemate. This design feature was first used on CSS Virginia in 1862. Based at Mobile, Tennessee engaged Admiral David G. Farragut's Union fleet at the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864. Facing overwhelming odds, Tennessee fought bravely until being battered into submission and forced to surrender.
  1. About.com
  2. Education
  3. Military History

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.