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Confederate ships.

The “Atlanta” was bought in September, 1861, by Captain James D. Bulloch, secret-service agent of the Confederate States in Europe. She was a new Clyde-built ship, and had made but one or two trips to the north of Scotland, attaining a speed of thirteen knots. She was the first to run the blockade inward for the account of the Confederate Government. She reached Savannah safely on November 12th with a cargo of Enfield rifles, ball cartridges, percussion caps, and various sorts of arms and ammunition. “No single ship,” says Captain Bulloch, “ever took into the Confederacy a cargo so entirely composed of military and naval supplies.” The “Fingal,” as she was originally named, was bottled up by the blockade in Savannah. In January 1862, the Confederates began converting her into an ironclad of the “Merrimac” type. She was cut down to the main deck and widened amidships. A casemate was built upon her deck. Then she was heavily armored and fitted with a formidable ram and a spar torpedo. Or July 3d she steamed down the Savannah River on her trial trip, causing great apprehension among the Federals for the safety of the fleet about Port Royal. After her capture by the Federals on June 17, 1863, the Confederates attempted to build other ironclads at Savannah. The “Savannah” was completed, fully armed, and manned, and the “Milledgeville,” the same armored type, was nearly so when the city was evacuated in 1865.

The “Atlanta” --first to run the blockade for the Confederacy

Ruins of the machine-shop at the Norfolk navy-yard


 

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