Capture of the CSS Atlanta,
Wassaw Sound, Savannah
June 17, 1863
As I have never had much luck in my life,
this instance will not differ from the rest.
Thomas L. Wragg
Shortly after the CSS Georgia completed its trial run, the CSS Atlanta was completed and commissioned at the end of November 1862. The CSS Savannah was not completed until the summer of 1863, and the Milledgeville was never converted into an ironclad. The Atlanta, converted from the British steamship Fingal, was the first of the ironclads to go into action.1 James D. Bulloch, the European agent for the Confederate States, bought the Fingal in Scotland in September 1861. On her return trip in November 1861, the Fingal sailed under the British flag, accompanied by Bulloch and Major Edward C. Anderson, former mayor of Savannah. She carried a cargo of ten thousand Enfield rifles, one million ball cartridges, two million percussion caps, three thousand cavalry sabers, one thousand short rifles and cutlass bayonets,