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CSS Nashville, a 1221-ton side-wheel steamer, was originally a passenger steamer built at Greenpoint, New York, in 1853. She was seized by the Confederacy at Charleston, South Carolina, in 1861 and converted to a lightly-armed cruiser. Nashville made one combat cruise under the Confederate Navy flag, starting in October 1861. She captured and burned the sailing merchantman Harvey Birch in the English Channel on 19 November, and spent some time at Southampton, England. Returning to American waters early in 1862, she captured and burned the schooner Robert Gilfillan on 26 February. Two days later, she ran the blockade into Beaufort, North Carolina, remaining there until mid-March, when she went to Georgetown, South Carolina.

Sold to private interests and renamed Thomas L. Wragg, she operated as a blockade runner, but was hindered in this employment by her deep draft. After arrival near Savannah, Georgia, she was sold again in November 1862, to become a privateer under the name Rattlesnake. On 28 February 1863, while still in the Savannah area, she was destroyed by the monitor USS Montauk.



Launched: 1853
Commissioned: 1861
Decommissioned: November 1862
Fate: As privateer Rattlesnake, sunk by Union forces February 28, 1863
General Characteristics
Displacement: 1221 tons
Length: 215 ft 6 in
Beam: 34 ft 6 in
Draught: 21 ft 9 in
Propulsion: Sails and steam
Complement: 40 officers and men
Armament: 2 x 12 pounder cannons

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