Battle at Charleston Harbor, The

DESCRIPTION: "On the seventh day of April, in 1863, The South Atlantic Squadron, with colors waving free," attacks Charleston. Admiral Dupont urges them on, and the monitors fight hard, but the defenses are stout and the Keokuk is slain
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1863 (broadside)
KEYWORDS: battle ship navy Civilwar
Apr 7, 1863 - Naval battle of Charleston, in which Union monitors attempt to enter the harbor. Heavy fire damages all the ironclads and force them to retreat; the Keokuk is sunk. The song probably under-reports the scale of hte Union defeat
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Cohen-AFS1, pp. 299-300, "The Battle at Charleston Harbor" (1 text)
NOTES [86 words]: Charleston, where the Civil War began, had great symbolic value; the Union really wanted to get it back -- without much luck. This was the most serious naval attempt, and it was a disaster. The Union ironclad fleet included the New Ironsides and a number of monitors, which didn't have the maneuverability to deal with the conditions; they were severely mauled without doing much damage to the defences. For the story of how the Union developed these vessels, see the notes to "The Cumberland Crew" [Laws A18]. - RBW
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File: CAFS1299

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