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July 31, 2003

Ladies Gunboat Association

The Georgia was largely a crude, homemade war machine built by Confederate troops and house carpenters. After the famous naval battle between the ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia in 1862, women in Savannah formed a Ladies Gunboat Association and raised a whopping $115,000 to build an armored ship to protect the city.

Little is known about CSS Georgia. False information about its specifications during the war and its scuttling in the face of Sherman's advance mean we know less about the Georgia than other ironclads. Now the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has hired archaeologists to study the wreck.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 31, 2003 10:00 AM