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On the James River in Virginia . "Effect of Confederate shot on Federal ironclad Galena

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Well, it sure can't be 1882, since USS Galena was broken up for scrap in 1872. In fact, this picture was taken on May 15, 1862, on the afternoon after her engagement with Confederate batteries at Drewry's Bluff, just south of Richmond. Galena had been one of three ironclads commissioned in response to the creation of CSS Virginia. She was about a month old when this picture was taken, and had just endured a three hour battering during which her armor proved ineffective. We are looking forward along her port side, and can see a plugged shell hole and an embedded cannon ball close to the waterline beneath the IX inch Dahlgren gun closest to the camera.

In 1863 Galena was summoned back to Philadelphia and most of her armor was removed. She became a three-masted, ship-rigged blockade sloop. In 1864 she took part in the Battle of Mobile Bay and suffered less heavily there as a wooden wall than she had on the James as an ironclad.

Sure you don't mean 1862? The war was over in 1865 and there was not any more Confederate Navy.

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