C.S.S. Beaufort



The Beaufort was a tug of 85 tons with a length of 86', beam of 17' 5", depth of 6' 11", armed with one gun. From the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:

CSS BEAUFORT, built at Wilmington, Del., in 1854, as CALEDONIA was put in commission at Norfolk, Va., on 9 July 186; by Lt. R. C. Duvall, North Carolina Navy, and sailed immediately for New Bern, N.C. While en route she engaged the large steamer ALBATROSS, in an inconclusive battle off Oregon Inlet.

After North Carolina seceded, BEAUFORT was turned over to the Confederate States Navy and on 9 September Lt. W. H. Parker CSN, was placed in command. Thereafter she participated in the battles of Roanoke Island on 7-8 February 1862, and Elizabeth City, N.C., 2 days later. Escaping via the Dismal Swamp Canal to Norfolk, she was tender to CSS VIRGINIA (ex-MERRIMACK) off Hampton Roads, Va., on 8-9 March 1862. The Confederate Congress tendered thanks to the officers and crew for their gallantry during the action.

From May 1862, BEAUFORT operated on the James River, her commander in November 1863 being Lt. W. Sharp, CSN. She served until the evacuation of Richmond 3 April 1865 when she was taken into the United States Navy. She was sold 15 September 1865.

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W. H. Parker in his Recollections reports that 8 were killed or wounded from the Beaufort.

William H. Parker

William H. Parker
(from Scharf's History of the Confederate States Navy)


[T1] Listed in the MUSTER ROLLS, ETC., CONFEDERATE VESSELS, p. 281, Series II, Volume 1, Parts 1 to 4. in
U.S. Office of Naval Records and Library.
Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion.
Washington: GPO, 1894-1922.
Series 1, 27 vols.; Series 2, 3 vols.; General Index, 1927.

[T2] Parker, William Harwar. Recollections of a Naval Officer 1841-1865. See bibliography

[T3] Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America. 1861-1865. See bibliography.

[T4] Trigg, Angela. A Romantic Adventurer Comes of Age: The Life of Daniel Trigg of Abingdon, Virginia. Master's Thesis. Georgia State University. 1997.

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