Flusser, Charles Williamson, LCDR

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Lieutenant Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1862-1863, USS Commodore Perry
Service Years
1853 - 1864
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home Town
Annapolis, Maryland
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Apr 19, 1864
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
United States
Civil War
Location of Interment
U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
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Plot: Section 7, Lot 1591

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LtCdr. Federal/National Navy, Civil War

At the time of his death, Flusser had become chief of Union naval operations in the Albemarle Sound region Four U.S. Navy ships have been named in his honor (often listed as Captain Flusser)

"In the death of this accomplished sailor the Navy has lost one of its brightest ornaments...."
Brigadier General Henry Walton Wessels, commanding U.S. Army troops at Plymouth, North Carolina.


Civil War Union Naval Officer. An 1853 graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, he was a warship commander in the Union Navy during the Civil War, rising to Lieutenant Commander. He was in command of the gunboat steamer "USS Commodore Perry" during the Union combined Army-Navy operations in North Carolina in 1862, and was in command of the "USS Miami" when it engaged the Confederate ironclad "CSS Albemarle" in April 1864. After personally firing the "Miami's" cannon at the rebel ship, the projectile bounced off the armored hull, returned to the deck of the "Miami", where it exploded, killed Lieutenant Commander Flusser. Four Navy ships, three of them United States Navy destroyers (DD-20, DD-289, DD-368), have been named in honor of him.

Flusser passed midshipman on June 10, 1853;
promoted to master on September 15, 1855 and then
(on the next day) to lieutenant on September 16, 1855.
He was promoted to lieutenant commander on July 16, 1862.
The last note of his service stated that he was killed in action on April 19, 1864, aboard the gunboat Miami.


Union side-wheel gunboat
American Civil War

USS Miami (1862-1867)

USS Miami, a 730-ton "double-ender" side-wheel gunboat, was built at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania. Commissioned on 29 January 1862, she was sent to the Gulf of Mexico to participate in the campaign against New Orleans. Once that city was captured, Miami operated in the Gulf and the Mississippi river until September 1862, when she was transferred to the Atlantic.

During the next two years, Miami was employed in the North Carolina Sounds area, participating in a number of actions. On 19 April 1864, she engaged the Confederate ironclad Albemarle , a battle that resulted in the death of Miami 's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Charles W. Flusser. Later in 1864, she shifted to the James River, Virginia, and spent the remainder of the Civil War in that area. USS Miami was decommissioned in May 1865 and sold the following August. From then until 1869, she was employed as a commercial vessel.

Lieutenant Commander Flusser was killed in action on April 19, 1864 in the engagement between Miami and the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle. In that action, Flusser personally fired a cannon shell at the Confederate ironclad. The shell, with a 10-second fuse, bounced off the Albemarle's armor and landed back on the deck of the Miami, where its explosion killed him. Brigadier General Henry Walton Wessels, commanding U.S. Army troops at Plymouth, North Carolina, noted: "In the death of this accomplished sailor the Navy has lost one of its brightest ornaments...."

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