A sailor stationed aboard the CSS Georgia in 1864 called her a box not a vessel, and said that conditions were so horrible, "she is not fit a command for a sergeant of marines." Likewise, the CSS Savannah was a "floating sieve" a miserable place to live and work. Conditions on the Confederate ironclads in Savannah were so bad that men deserted to Union occupied Fort Pulaski. Although three ironclads were constructed at Savannah in 1864, only one saw action; the CSS Atlanta and she only managed to fire several shots, then run aground and become captured. One example of a failed program of constructing iron warships that would never fight, and the few that did, fought against staggering odds.This course covers the plans, development and building of the 50 iron armored warships built for the Confederacy in which 22 saw active service.