Tuesday, March 6, 2012
CSS Patrick Henry Model and Spyglass
Patrick Henry was formerly a passenger steamer that ran between New York and Hampton Roads before being acquired by the Confederate States Navy. She displaced 1300 tons and carried 12 guns, making her one of the better early war ships in the C.S.N. Originally named Yorktown, her captain, the indomitable Commander Randolph Tucker, renamed her Patrick Henry in honor of the Virginia Revolutionary War patriot. With Tucker at the helm, Patrick Henry sortied with CSS Virginia on March 8, 1862 and attacked USS Congress and Minnesota. After the Battle of Hampton Roads, Patrick Henry evacuated up the James River and became the Confederacy's naval academy for the remainder of the war.