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Confederate naval vessel explodes on the Chattahoochie River, killing eighteen of its crew

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
05/27/1863
The 150 foot steamer C.S.S. Chattahoochie was getting up steam for a mission at its home port of Blountsville in north-west Florida on the Chattahoochie River, when its boiler exploded and killed eighteen men.  Plagued by mechanical difficulties from the start of its career in January 1863, the gunboat was repaired and continued in service on the Georgia rivers until it was scuttled to avoid capture near Columbus, Georgia.  Her remains were excavated 1963 and are on display in Georgia. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
R. Thomas Campbell (ed.), Voices of the Confederate Navy: Articles, Letters, Reports, and Reminiscences (Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2008), 96.

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