February 28, 1863 – This Day During The American Civil War – Skirmish at Ossabaw Sound, Georgia

February 28, 1863 – Skirmish at Ossabaw Sound, Georgia – On February 28, near Fort McAllister at Ossabaw Sound, the Confederate privateer Rattlesnake was spotted by the Union flotilla. The Rattlesnake was formally known as the CSS Nashville. The flotilla was comprised of the USS Montauk, USS Seneca, USS Wissahickon, USS Dawn, and the mortar-schooner USS C.P. Williams. They moved up the Ogeechee River south of Savannah.
The Confederate garrison of Fort McAllister was firing on the Union ships while at the same time the ships were firing on the Rattlesnake. The Montauk, commanded by Lt. J.L. Worden, was credited with destroying the Rattlesnake. After being struck many times, the Rattlesnake soon caught ablaze. The magazine storage onboard caught fire and exploded, thus destroying the entire ship.

Rattlesnake burning after being shelled by the monitor USS Montauk

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