Drawing of battle between the CSS Albemarle and the USS Southfield and USS Miami drawn by S.M. Yates, a Federal officer who witnessed the exchange between the ironclad and the steamships. The Albemarle sunk the Southfield in the exchange and drove the Miami from the Plymouth waterfront. Fire from the Albemarle was responsible for the death of the Miami’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Charles W. Flusser. In a combined land and riverine attack, Confederate forces were able to regain control of Plymouth on April 19, 1864. Artifacts excavated from the Southfield are on exhibit at the Port O’ Plymouth Museum. Spoiler alert, the Albemarle was later sunk at the Plymouth docks in October 1864.
Source: North Carolina Museum of History, Accession number 19xx.128.2