The CSS Pee Dee – a Confederate States ship – was launched in January 1865 as the carnage of the American Civil War was stuttering to an end. She had been sailing on the Great River Pee Dee in South Carolina, when her short life as an active participant in the internecine war ended. It was little more than two months after the gunboat’s maiden voyage. She had been built on the Pee Dee, and she had given up the ghost on that same stretch of water. Nevertheless, it would be another 150 years until the Pee Dee’s weapons were surrendered.
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. The main activity came from the Union’s blockade of Confederate ports on the East coast.