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USS Yankee (I)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1860 as a steam tug at New York City
  • During the Civil War USS Yankee:
  • Chartered in early April 1861 to help provision Fort Sumter at Charleston, S.C.
  • Assisted in the evacuation of Norfolk Navy Yard, 20 April 1861, towing USS Cumberland to safety
  • Commissioned USS Yankee in April 1861, LT. Thomas O. Selfridge in command
  • Served as dispatch and escort vessel on the upper Chesapeake Bay
  • Assigned to reconnaissance duty lower Chesapeake Bay, eastern shore and James River
  • Attached to the Potomac Flotilla, 9 July 1861
  • Captured Confederate schooner Favorite, 18 July 1861
  • Assisted in the destruction of sloops T.W. Riley and Jane Wright, 29 July 1861
  • Captured schooner Remittance, 16 August 1861
  • Assisted in the capture of J. W. Sturges, 27 July 1862
  • Reassigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in April 1863
  • On the Rappahannock River captured schooner Cassandra, 11 July 1863
  • Took schooner Nanjemoy on the Coan River, 15 July 1863
  • Captured sloop Clara Ann, 1 August 1863, on the Coan River
  • Participated in raid on railroad facilities at Hamilton's Crossing near Fredericksburg, VA., 7 March 1865
  • Decommissioned, 16 May 1865, at Washington Navy Yard
  • Sold at public auction, 15 September 1865, to George B. Collier
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 328 t.
    Length 146'
    Beam 25' 7"
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    two 32-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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    Cumberland 115k "Destruction of the United States Navy-Yard at Norfolk, Virginia, by Fire, by the United States Troops, on April 20, 1861" A line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1861, providing two scenes of the burning of Norfolk Navy Yard and the destruction of ships located there. Ships shown in the lower scene (as identified below the print), from left to right: USS United States (afire); tug Yankee with USS Cumberland (underway, leaving the area); USS Merrimack (afire in left center distance); USS Pawnee (underway, leaving the area), and USS Pennsylvania (afire).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59179
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Yankee 86k USS Yankee while attached to the Potomac Flotilla scouting off Evansport, VA. in 1861.
    Sketch by Arthur Lumley August 1861. The sketch appeared in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. Image from the New York City Public Library
    Bill Gonyo
    Yankee 350k USS Yankee at Fredericksburg, 19 May 1864, in support of Union troops. She is moored by a small island in a river inlet off the Rappahannock River on the northern side of the river as not to draw Confederate canon fire.
    Photo from the collections of the Library of Congress
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Yankee (I)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History an Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01Acting Master Germain, Charles30 April 1861 - 25 May 1861
    02Acting Master Stuyvesant, Moses S.31 May 1861 - 2 June 1861
    03LT. Werden, Read32 July 1861 - 8 August 1861
    04LT. Wyman, Robert H.8 August 1861 - 9 October 1861
    05LT. Eastman, Thomas Henderson9 October 1861 - 18 October 1861
    06LT. Gibson, William1 July 1862 - 16 September 1862
    07Acting Master Ives, Thomas Poynton16 September 1862 - 24 May 1863
    08Act. Vol. LT. Hooker, Edward14 March 1864 - 27 February 1865
    09Acting Master Cook, Louis G.27 February 1865 - 16 May 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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