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Albemarle Sound

Battle Name: Albemarle Sound
Other Names: None
State: North Carolina
Location: Chowan County and Washington County
Campaign: Operations against Plymouth (April-May 1864)
Dates: May 5, 1864
Principal Commanders: Capt. Melancton Smith [US]; Cdr. J.W. Cooke [CS]
Forces Engaged: 9 gunboats [US]; Confederate ram [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 88 total
Description: On May 5, CSS Albemarle fought seven blockading Union ships to a draw at the mouth of the Roanoke River. Federals recaptured the converted steamer Bombshell. USS Sassacus was badly damaged.
Results: Inconclusive

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