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CSS Hampton

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Confederate States
DecommissionedApril 3, 1865
FateBurned to prevent capture
General characteristics
Displacement166 tons
Length106 ft (32 m)
Beam21 ft (6.4 m)
Draft6 ft (1.8 m)
PropulsionSteam engine
Armament1 9" cannon, 1 32-pounder cannon

CSS Hampton was a wooden gunboat of the Confederate States Navy, one of the few Hampton class gunboats to be built.

Hampton was built at Norfolk Navy Yard in 1862 and based there until May 1862, when the yard was abandoned and the fleet moved up the James River. With Lieutenant John Herndon Maury, CSN, in command, Hampton participated in significant river actions including the battle at Dutch Gap on August 13, 1864; operations against Fort Harrison on September 29-October 1; and the engagement at Chaffin's Bluff on October 22.

Hampton was burned by the Confederates as they evacuated Richmond, Virginia on April 3, 1865.


The commanders of the CSS Hampton were:[1]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Coski (1996), John M. Capital Navy: The Men, Ships and Operations of the James River Squadron, Campbell, CA: Savas Woodbury Publishers. ISBN 1-882810-03-1.