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USS Keokuk (I)


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Civil War Medal

Ironclad Steamer :
  • Laid down, date unknown, as Moodna at Jeronemus S. Underhill Dry Dock & Iron Works, New York City,
  • Launched, 6 December 1862
  • Commissioned USS Keokuk in March 1863, LCDR. Alexander Colden Rhind in command
  • Keokuk joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 26 March 1863 and participated in the attack on Charleston in April 1863
  • Final Disposition, sank as a result of enemy action, 8 April 1863
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6677 t.
    Length 159' 6"
    Beam 36'
    Draft 8' 6"
    Speed 9 Kts
    Complement 92
    Armament
    two 11" Dahlgren smoothbore
    Propulsion steam

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    Keokuk 50k
    Namesake
    Keokuk (17671848) was a chief of the Sauk or Sac tribe in central North America noted for his cooperation with the U.S. government which led to war with Black Hawk, who led part of their band into the Black Hawk War. Keokuk County, Iowa and the town of Keokuk, Iowa, where he is buried, are named for him.
    Tommy Trampp
    Keokuk 119k Lithograph by T. Bonar, New York, depicting USS Keokuk while she was under construction at the Jeronemus S. Underhill Dry Dock & Iron Works, New York City, shortly before her 6 December 1862 launching. .
    US Navy photo # NH 52050.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Keokuk 75k Hand-tinted copy of a line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1863, depicting USS Keokuk on the building ways at the J.S. Underhill shipyard, New York City, at about the time of her 6 December 1862 launching. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    US Navy photo # NH 82386-KN (color).
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Keokuk 72k USS Keokuk underway. Watercolor by Oscar Parkes. Courtesy of Dr. Oscar Parkes, London, England, 1936.
    US Navy photo # NH 59546.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Keokuk 68k USS Keokuk underway. Engraved reproduction of an artwork by R.G. Skerrett, 1901.
    US Navy photo # NH 61998.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Keokuk 56k USS Keokuk underway. Drawing by Fred S. Cozzens, published in "Our Navy -- Its Growth and Achievements", 1897, depicting the ship at sea during the Civil War.
    US Navy photo # NH 74555.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Keokuk 181k 1863 black and white in-text wood engraving of Union Navy Ironclad Steamers USS Keokuk and USS New Ironsides in company with monitors; USS Weehawken, USS Passaic, USS Patapsco, USS Catskill, USS Nantucket and USS Nahant, bombarding Confederate held Fort Sumter, South Carolina at the First Battle of Charleston Harbor, 7 April 1863 Tommy Trampp
    New Ironsides 147k "Charleston Harbor, Looking towards the City."
    Line engraving published in Harper's Weekly, January-June 1863, pages 264-65, depicting the Federal fleet off the harbor mouth at the time of the ironclads' attack on Fort Sumter, 7 April 1863. U.S. Navy ships specifically identified include USS New Ironsides (second from left in the ironclad formation) and USS Keokuk (ironclad furthest to the right).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59298
    Robert Hurst
    Keokuk 109k "A Panoramic View of Charleston Harbor. -- Advance of Ironclads to the Attack, April 7th, 1863".
    Line engraving published in "The Soldier in our Civil War", Volume II, page 172, with a key to individual ships and land features shown. U.S. Navy ships present are (from left to center):
    USS Keokuk,
    USS Nahant,
    USS Nantucket,
    USS Catskill,
    USS New Ironsides,
    USS Patapsco,
    USS Montauk,
    USS Passaic and
    USS Weehawken
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59269
    Robert Hurst
    Keokuk 94k Chromolithograph by Armstrong & Company, after an 1893 watercolor by Fred S. Cozzens, published in "Our Navy -- Its Growth and Achievements", 1897. Ships depicted are (from left to right): Monadnock class twin-turret monitor; Passaic class single-turret monitor (in foreground); USS Naugatuck; USS Keokuk USS New Ironsides and USS Nantucket. Collection of Captain Glenn Howell, USN, 1974
    US Navy photo # NH 464-KN (color).
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Keokuk 174k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1863, depicting USS Keokuk as she sank off Charleston, South Carolina, on 8 April 1863, the morning after she received heavy damage from Confederate guns during the Union ironclads' attack on Fort Sumter.
    US Navy photo # NH 58751.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Keokuk 54k A Recovered 11-inch Dahlgren gun from USS Keokuk, Charleston East Batter, 1 January 1890. Image courtesy Detroit Publishing Company.
    Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-det-4a27447
    Robert Hurst
    Keokuk 138k An 11-inch Dahlgren smooth-bore gun. Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken at Charleston, South Carolina, during the late 19th Century or early 20th Century. The gun is mounted on an iron seacoast artillery carriage. This gun was salvaged from USS Keokuk after she sank as a result of battle damage received during the 7 April 1863 ironclad attack on Fort Sumter, in Charleston harbor. It was subsequently employed by the Confederates. Copied from the book "The Battery, Charleston, S.C."
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 1978
    Robert Hurst

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