Join us on Friday, May 29 at 2 p.m. for a Live Lecture with author and historian John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center! Live from his home in Hampton, Virginia, John will give a 15-minute presentation about the beginnings of CSS Albemarle. Viewers are welcome to send him any comments or questions during the presentation, and John will answer them following his talk!
The ironclad ram CSS Albemarle was one of the South’s most successful ironclads. Built in a cornfield near Scotland Neck, North Carolina, the ironclad moved down the Roanoke River to attack the Union warships defending the river port town of Plymouth, North Carolina. On April 19, 1864, Albemarle sank USS Southfield and damaged USS Miami. This enabled the Confederates to recapture the town. The ironclad Albemarle then fought the entire Union North Carolina Squadron to a draw on May 5, 1864, in Albemarle Sound.
Image credit: Building the Albemarle at Edward’s Ferry, from a sketch by Miss. M. H. Hoke, 1887.