Monday, April 12, 2010
a picture of C.S.S. Manassas the first Confederate Ironclad. converted from the icebreaker Enoch Train by adding a casemate of 1.5" of iron plating and a 64lb. gun along with an iron ram beneath the waterline Manassas was made into a warship. she was meant to be a privateer but was commandeered by the CSN as a naval vessel. she first attacked the U.S.S. Richmond on Oct. 12, 1861 by ramming. the Union vessel was damaged but so was Manassas who had to return to port in New Orleans for repairs. her next foray would be the Battle of the Passes in April, 1862 where she basically battled the entire Union Fleet.
Posted by eber c. buckman at 5:14 PM