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Firefly

 

(SwStr: cpl. 15; a. 1 gun)

 

Firefly, a wooden sidewheeler, was purchased by the State of South Carolina in 1861 and transferred to the Confederate Navy in May of that year. On 13 August 1863 authority was granted to mount a small gun and construct the magazine necessary for it.

 

Firefly was used as a small tender on the Savannah station from March 1863 to 21 December 1864, commanded by Acting Master's Mate R. M, C. Kennedy, Pilot W. Thomas, and Acting Master's Mate S. F. Heb-bard. She was burned by her officers at the fall of Savannah.