Note Confederate flags flown at the steamer's forepeak and stern.
Armstrong, a 230-foot-long iron side-wheel steamship, was built at Glasgow, Scotland, in 1864. Owned by the firm Crenshaw and Company, she successfully ran the Federal blockade of the Confederacy's Atlantic ports five times during the last four months of 1864. On 4 December of that year, while attempting to come out of Wilmington, North Carolina, she was captured by the U.S. Navy ships R.R. Cuyler, Gettysburg, Mackinaw and Montgomery.
Civil War Along the Carolina Coast