This day 150 years ago in Rebel Raiders’ History
-Dedicated to Civil War episodes, battles, people and ships that also appear in my game,
Raiders on the High Seas.
January 10, 1864 –
USS Iron Age Lost on Blockade Duty
Historical Event: On
January 10, 1864 the 420-ton Union gunboat USS
Iron Age ran aground and was lost while trying to salvage a Confederate
blockade runner at . The
Confederacy hailed its loss, for the USS Iron Age had been one of the two
warships that in November had captured the pride of the Rebel blockade runner
fleet, the Folly Inlet, South
Robert E. Lee.
Game Connection: The USS Iron Age is one of many classes of warships represented by the generic Gunboat counters in Rebel Raiders on the High Seas. The principal role of these ships is to man the Blockade Stations off Confederate ports, where they can attempt to intercept Rebel Blockade Runners as they bring vital cargo back home to aid the Southern war effort. Many of the more famous individual ships involved in this duel are represented by cards and counters in the game, including the
Robert E. Lee – (CSN Card 69 pictured below)-, which the USS Iron Age (along with
another Gunboat, the USS James Adger) captured off the
North Carolina coast on November 9, 1863.
The USS Iron Age was built in
and in the late summer of 1863 was
assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. On her first week on
station she gave chase to a Blockade
Runner and forced the Rebel ship to run aground while seeking the protection
of the Confederate guns of Kennebunk,
Maine . The USS Iron Age participated in a raid
that destroyed Rebel salt works at Bear Inlet, and with USS James Adger captured
the famous Fort Fisher CSS
Robert E. Lee – one of the few Blockade Runners that was actually part
of the Confederate Navy.
In January 1864 the Union squadron gave chase to the Blockade Runner
which ran aground off Bendigo
in Lockwood’s Holden Beach The USS Iron Age was then sent in to
frustrate Confederate efforts to offload the valuable war supplies it had
loaded at Folly Inlet, S.C. Nassau in the Bahamas
and to prevent the Rebels from refloating the Bendigo. Unfortunately, however, the Yankee ship also
ran aground – and the vessels sent to save her were driven off by Confederate
guns, including a battery of 30-pounders.
Rather than let her fall into Rebel hands, the captain of the Gunboat
set her afire – and when flames reached her magazine in the pre-dawn hours of
January 11, the USS Iron Age exploded.