CSS Bombshell, a small steamer, was formerly a U.S.
Army Transport that had been sunk on 18 April 1864 by Confederate
shore batteries in Albemarle Sound, North Carolina. Raised and
taken into the Confederate Navy, she accompanied the ironclad
ram CSS Albemarle on her 5 May 1864
sortie against Union Navy ships on Albemarle sound. During the
resulting action, Bombshell was captured by the gunboats
and USS Mattabesett.
This page features our only view of CSS Bombshell.
Photo #: NH 1673
"Wood versus Iron"
19th Century photograph of an artwork by Acting Second Engineer
Alexander C. Stuart, USN, 1864.
It shows CSS Albemarle engaging several Federal gunboats
on Albemarle Sound, North Carolina, on 5 May 1864. USS Sassacus
is in left center, ramming the Confederate ironclad. Other U.S.
Navy ships seen are (from left): Commodore Hull, Wyalusing
and Mattabesett. The Confederate transport Bombshell,
captured during the action, is in the right background.
Albemarle was not significantly damaged during this action,
which left Sassacus disabled by a hit in one of her boilers.
Collection of Surgeon H.P. Babcock, presented by George R. Babcock,