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USS Kanawha (I)

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Civil War Medal

Screw Gunboat:
  • Laid Down, date unknown, at G. B. & W. H. Goodspeed, East Hadden, CT.
  • Launched, 21 October 1861
  • Commissioned USS Kanawha, 21 January 1862, LT. John C. Febiger in command
  • Assigned to the Gulf Blockading Squadron at Mobile, AL. where on 10 April 1862 she captured schooners Southern Independence, Victoria, Charlotte, and Cuba; 21 April, R.C. Files; 29 April, British sloop Annie; 25 March 1863 schooner Clara; 1 May schooner Dart; 14 May, British brig Comet; 17 May schooner Hunter; 18 May, schooner Ripple; 29 November, schooner Albert
  • Reassigned in spring 1864 to the Texas coast to re-institute the blockade at Brownsville, TX. capturing or running aground several ships
  • USS Kanawha decommissioned, 5 July 1865, at New York
  • Final Disposition, sold 13 June 1866, fate unknown
    Displacement 507 t.
    Length 158'
    Beam 28'
    Draft 7' 8"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 87
    Armament six 24-pdr howitzers
    Propulsion steam

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    Kanawha 77k Lithograph by Shearman & Hart, New York, circa 1861, entitled "U.S. Steam Gun Boat 'Kanawha'. This image was issued with different titles to represent many, if not all, of the U.S. Navy's "90-Day Gunboats". Collection of CDR, Charles Moran, USNRF.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 2016.
    Robert Hurst
    Kanawha 113k A 19th Century phototype by F. Gutekunst, Philadelphia, depicting USS Kanawha "cutting out a blockade runner from under the guns of Fort Morgan", at the mouth of Mobile Bay, AL. There is no record of Kanawha capturing a steam blockade runner as depicted here, though she took several prizes while enforcing the blockade of Mobile Bay.
    US Naval Historical Center Photo #: NH 1855
    Robert Hurst

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