(ScGbt: t. 166; l. 106'; b. 21'; dph. 8'; dr. 5'; a. 2 8"; cl. Hampton)
CSS Nansemond was a small wooden steamer built at Norfolk, Va., in 1862, and assigned to duty with the James River Squadron under Flag Officer S. Barron, CSN. With Lt. J. Rutledge, CSN, in command, she sailed from Norfolk with the other vessels of the squadron on 4 May 1862, just prior to the evacuation of the navy yard.
Nansemond continued on active duty in the James River until the end of the war. Her commander in November 1863, Lt. J. H. Rochelle, CSN, was relieved by Lt. C. W. Hays, CSN, sometime after March 1864. She took part in engagements at Hewlett's, Va., 21 June 1864, Dutch Gap, 14 August 1864, and Fort Harrison, 29 September-1 October 1864.
Upon evacuation of Richmond on 3 April 1865 she was destroyed to preclude capture by the Union.