The era of the torpedo boat had arrived. . .in 1863

CSS David was a Civil War-era torpedo boat. On October 5, 1863, she undertook a partially successful attack on the USS New Ironsides during the blockade of the Charleston, SC.

CSS David was a Civil War-era torpedo boat. On October 5, 1863, she undertook a partially successful attack on the USS New Ironsides during the blockade of the Charleston, SC.

150 years ago this month David took on Goliath in the Civil War. In this case the slingshot and a pouch full of stones was the Confederate Army’s low-profile torpedo boats and Goliath was the USS New Ironsides of the Union Army.

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Ships of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron departing Hampton Roads, Virginia, en route to attack Fort Fisher, North Carolina, in December 1864. The ships present are (from left to right): A twin-turret monitor, probably USS Monadnock; USS New Ironsides and a steam sloop of war. This image is cropped from Photo # NH 1557. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Ships of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron departing Hampton Roads, Virginia, en route to attack Fort Fisher, North Carolina, in December 1864. The ships present are (from left to right):
A twin-turret monitor, probably USS Monadnock;
USS New Ironsides and
a steam sloop of war.
This image is cropped from Photo # NH 1557.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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