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On the Mississippi, a Confederate warship makes a bold breakout and almost reaches the open sea

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
04/23/1865 to 04/24/1865
The 655 ton side-wheel Confederate ram C.S.S. Webb, under Lieutenant Charles W. Read, made a bold breakout on the Red River and headed down the Mississippi. Evading the blockading Union fleet at Baton Rouge and New Orleans, she was engaged the next day in the delta by the U.S.S. Richmond and ran aground, damaged and burning.  At least forty-five of her 200 man crew were killed in the action. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 104.
W. Craig Gaines, Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2008), 172.
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