The Confederate States Ship (C.S.S.) Pee Dee was launched in January 1865 as the American Civil War was stuttering to an end. She was sailing on the Great River Pee Dee in South Carolina, where she’d been built, when her short life as an active participant in the carnage of the Civil War ended little more than two months after her launch. But what happened to her then?
After four long years of conflict between Confederate and Union forces, by the beginning of 1865 the Civil War was reaching its conclusion. Although the main engagements of the war were fought on land, there was also action at sea. On the east coast, the main activity came from the Union’s blockade of Confederate ports.