Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center
Lecture begins at 2:30 PM
Civil War lectures are free with Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. Reserve seats below.
The battle of Wassaw Sound pitted the Confederate ironclad ram, CSS Atlanta, against two Passaic-class ironclad monitors, USS Weehawken and USS Nahant. The Atlanta, built using the hull and engines of the blockade runner, Fingal, was one of the best constructed Confederate ironclads with a speed of 7 knots.
On 17 June 1863, in a bay in present-day Georgia, Wassaw Sound, the ram attacked the two Union monitors. Unfortunately, the Atlanta ran aground due to its deep draft of 16 feet and after sustaining significant damage by five shots from the Weehawken, the Confederate ship surrendered. Captain John Rodgers, commander of Weehawken, became a national hero and received the thanks of Congress for his leadership role in the capture of the CSS Atlanta. This surrender was the first Confederate ironclad to be
captured by US naval forces.