INSIDE THE ALBEMARLE CASEMENT WHEN RAMMED BY THE SASSACUS.

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J. Davidson


Inside the Albemarle Casement when rammed by the Sassacus.

Engraving c.1890.
Image size 3 3/4 x 5 1/8" (9.4 x 13 cm).
Good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 91308
Price: $85.00
Publisher :
Signed in pencil by the engraver - John W. Evans - lower right. Marked "J.O. Davidson" in the plate.

On May 5, 1864 the Union vessel USS Sassacus engaged the Confederate CSS Albemarle. The Sassacus was a wooden double-ended, side-wheel steam gunboat, while the Albermrle was an ironclad steam powered ram. The Union ship attempted to sink the mighty ram by broadsiding the vessel, but it was futile. Neither ship was destroyed in the battle, but the Sassacus suffered greater damage than the Albemarle, whose tough outer shell proved to be a formidable defense against collision and artillery alike.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Historical , Civil War

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