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The C.S.S. Atlanta attempts to attack the U.S. Navy off Savannah, Georgia and lasts fifteen minutes

John Rodgers, detail
The Confederate warship Atlanta intended to sortie from Savannah, Georgia for an attack on the Union's blockading fleet.  The U.S.S. Weehawken, under Captain John Rodgers, was detailed to meet her in the Ossabaw Sound.  In the dawn hours, the vessels were engaged with the Weehawken opening fire at 5:15 a.m. Almost immediately, the C.S.S. Atlanta ran aground, was hit several times, and surrendered fifteen minutes later. She was later towed off and on February 2, 1864 was commissioned as the U.S.S. Atlanta. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Appleton's Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1863, Volume III (New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1869), 660.
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America ... (Philadelphia, A. Winch, 1867), 57.