Savannah was built by H. F. Willink for the Confederacy at Savannah, Georgia, in 1863. On June 30, 1863 she was transferred to naval forces in the Savannah River under the command of Flag Officer William W. Hunter. Under Commander Robert F. Pinkney, she maintained her reputation as the most efficient vessel of the squadron and was kept ready for service. She remained on the river and was burned by the Confederates on December 21, 1864 when the city of Savannah was threatened by the approach of General William T. Sherman.
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- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
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