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USS Juniata (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal
Personal Awards

Purple Heart (Wilmington & Fort Fisher, 10 KIA, 21 WIA)

Ossipee-class Screw Sloop of War:
  • Laid down in June 1861 at Philadelphia Navy Yard, hull designed by Lenthall, machinery by Isherwood
  • Launched, 20 March 1862
  • Commissioned, USS Juniata, 4 December 1862, CDR. John M. B. Glitz in command
  • Scheduled for service in the West Indies
  • Temporarily assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, at Norfolk
  • Departed Norfolk for the West Indies, 26 April 1863, joining the West Indies Squadron at Havana, 5 May 1863
  • Sailed for New York, 24 November 1863, for repairs
  • USS Juniata departed Philadelphia, 12 August 1864, for Hampton Roads and the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
  • Participated in the assault on Wilmington, N.C. and Fort Fisher,
  • Transferred to the South Atlantic Blocking Squadron, 18 January 1865 at Charleston, S.C.
  • During the Civil War USS Juniata took as war prizes: Harvest, 29 April 1863; steamer SS Victor, 28 May 1863; Fashion, 12 June 1863: Elizabeth, 14 June 1863; and Don Jose, 2 July 1863
  • Ordered to cruise the Brazil coast, departing Port Royal, 17 June 1865 remaining in South American waters until 30 April 1867
  • Ordered to Philadelphia, 30 April, arriving 24 June 1867
  • Decommissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard, 29 June 1867
  • Recommissioned, 19 July 1869 for service in European waters until 18 June 1872
  • Arriving Boston Navy Yard, 29 June 1872
  • Decommissioned, at Boston Navy Yard, 10 July 1872
  • Recommissioned, 10 February 1873, for service along the northeast coast sailing to Greenland in June
  • USS Juniata returned to New York, 1 November 1873
  • Assigned to the European Station, 6 May 1874
  • Returned, 6 February 1876 to Baltimore
  • Decommissioned, 1 September 1876, at Norfolk.
  • Recommissioned, 30 October 1882, at New York Navy Yard, CDR. George Dewey in command for an around the world cruise
  • Returning to New York, 4 February 1889
  • Decommissioned, 28 February 1889, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, N. H..
  • Final Disposition, sold, 25 March 1891 to Herbert H. Ives
    Displacement 1,240 t.
    Length 235'
    Beam 38
    Draft 16' 7"
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement 160
    June 1861
    one 100-pdr muzzle loading rifle
    one 11" smoothbore
    four 30-pdr muzzle loading rifles
    one 12-pdr
    four 24-pdr howitzers
    July 1864
    one 100-pdr muzzle loading rifle
    two 30-pdr muzzle loading rifles
    six 8" smoothbores
    one 2-pdr howitzer
    October 1864
    two 8" smoothbores added
    one 11" smoothbore
    six 9 " smoothbores
    two horizontal double-crossed back-acting steam engines (42" x 2' 6") IHP 715 = 12 kts.
    two boilers
    single propeller

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    Wachusett 149k "Landing of General Potter's and Admiral Dahlgren's Troops at Bull's Bay, South Carolina". Line engraving, based on a sketch by John Everding, published in "Harper's Weekly", March 1865, depicting the landings made on 16-17 February 1865. Ships shown include (as identified below the print, from left to right:
    USS State of Georgia,
    USS Pawnee,
    USS Juniata,
    USS Harvest Moon--flagship,
    USS Wando,
    USS Winona,
    USS Shenandoah, and
    USS Canandaigua.
    US Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 59175
    Robert Hurst
    Maumee 94k "Bombardment of Fort Fisher" "Jan. 15th 1865"
    Lithograph after a drawing by T.F. Laycock, published by Endicott & Co., New York, 1865, depicting the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron bombarding Fort Fisher, North Carolina, in preparation for its capture. The print is dedicated to Commodore S.W. Godon, USN. Ships present, as named on the original print, are (from left to right in the main battle line):
    USS Tacony;
    USS Maumee;
    USS Ticonderoga;
    USS Shenandoah;
    USS Tuscarora;
    USS Juniata;
    USS Wabash;
    USS Susquehanna;
    USS Colorado;
    USS Minnesotaa;
    USS Brooklyn;
    USS New Ironsides and
    USS Mohican.
    Ships in the foreground are (left to right, from the center of the view):
    USS Powhatan;
    USS Mackinaw;
    USS Vanderbilt and
    USS Malvern (Flagship of Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter).
    Monitors in the right middle distance are:
    USS Monadnock (with two turrets);
    USS Mahopac;
    USS Saugus and
    USS Canonicus.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # LC-USZ62-144 from the collections of the Library of Congress.
    Bill Gonyo
    190k USS Juniata, deck view, looking aft from forecastle at Boston Navy Yard in 1873. Note raceways for 9" Dahlgren pivot gun, spare spars stowed amidships, telescoping stack mechanism, cowls, and 9" Dahlgren broadside guns.
    U.S Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 52368.
    Robert Hurst
    185k USS Juniata, deck view, looking forward from quarterdeck at Boston Navy Yard in 1873. Note 9" Dahlgren gun at left with shot.
    U.S Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 52367.
    Robert Hurst
    196k USS Juniata in her 1869-1872 configuration at the Boston Navy Yard.
    U.S Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 61803.
    Robert Hurst
    259k Collision of USS Juniata and and Japanese gunboat Banjo (Cliff Castle, 14 August 1888. Image source Bureau of Navigation old files, stored in Rosslyn, Virginia.
    U.S Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 52370.
    Robert Hurst
    142k Wash drawing by Clary Ray, of USS Juniata at anchor, 11 June 1895.
    U.S Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 57833.
    Robert Hurst
    Juniata 49k USS Juniata at anchor, date and location unknown
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    Lancaster 130k USS Juniata firing a salute sometime in the 1890’s at an unknown location. The crew-members are manning the yards in the rigging, as this was considered proper protocol in the early days of the ‘New Navy’.
    Library of Congress photo # LC-D4-20028.
    Mike Green
    Juniata 153k USS Juniata tied to mooring buoy with funnel down.
    US Navy photo from the Martin Holbrook Collection from "Warships of the Civil War Navies" by Paul H. Silverstone.
    Robert Hurst

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