Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Richmond Ironclads at Trent's Reach
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Conjectural view of the CSS Richmond dated 1900: ORN Series I Vol. 11 672B.

The Confederate Navy Attacks: January 23, 1865


The ironclads Virginia II, Richmond, and Fredericksburg, accompanied by eight wooden steamers, sailed after dark on January 23. At about 8:30 p.m., a U.S. sentry saw movement in the Devilís Elbow. Someone fired and the muzzle flash lit up the passing fleet. Union gunners ran to their stations and began aiming at shadows in the night.
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