CSS Muscogee

This article is about the ironclad ram that operated on the Chattahoochee River. For the converted CSS Jackson that was built on the Mississippi River, see CSS Jackson.
The incomplete CSS Muscogee shortly after her launching on the Chattahoochee River
Name: Jackson
Launched: December 22, 1864
General characteristics
Type: Ironclad Ram
Displacement: 2000 tons
Length: 223.5 ft (68.1 m)
Beam: 56.5 ft (17.2 m)
Draft: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Armament: Four 7-inch Brooke Rifles; two 6.4-inch Brooke Rifles; two 12 pounder boat howitzers.
Armor: 4 inches of plate iron over 20 inches of White Oak
CSS Muscogee and Chattahoochee
NRHP Reference # 70000212[1]
Added to NRHP May 13, 1970

CSS Muscogee was an ironclad ram built for the Confederate States Navy during the American Civil War. She was known as Muscogee while being built and up until her launching; after that all surviving Confederate records refer to her as the "ironclad ram Jackson." No official explanation survives as to why her name was changed.


The ironclad was built during 1862 at Columbus on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Georgia and was finally commissioned as CSS Jackson in December 1864.[2] The Columbus Naval Iron Works supplied all the machinery installed aboard Jackson. The ship faced multiple setbacks and delays that ultimately prevented her from entering C.S. Naval service and engaging elements of the larger Union blockade of the Confederacy.[3]

On 16 April 1865, while still needing fitting out, Jackson was set ablaze, then scuttled by the Union's Wilson's Raiders during the Battle of Columbus, Georgia. This engagement is widely regarded as the "Last Battle of the Civil War."[4][5] (On April 20, Wilson's men captured Macon, Georgia without resistance, and Wilson's Raid came to an end. This was only six days prior to General Joseph E. Johnston's surrender of all Confederate troops in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida to William Tecumseh Sherman in North Carolina.)

CSS Jackson's remains were raised a century later, during the early 1960s, from that portion of the river inside the boundaries of Fort Benning; her surviving below-the-waterline hull was then placed on exhibit at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus. A thick metal white frame outline, indicating the various dimensions of Jackson's original fore and aft deck arrangements and armored casemate, is now erected directly above the hull's wooden remains to simulate for visitors the ironclad's original size and shapes.

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