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USS Vindicator

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Ram:
  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Acquired by th Federal Government in 1863 at New Albany, IN. assigned to the Army
  • Transferred to the Navy in 1864
  • Commissioned, USS Vindicator, 24 May 1864, LCDR. Thomas O. Selfridge in command
  • During the Civil War Vindicator participated in the following actions on the Mississippi River and tributaries;
    Assigned to the 5th District, deployed off Natchez, MS. performing patrol and reconnaissance duties
    Reassigned to the 6th District in November 1864 to participate in an expedition up the Yazoo River
    Decommissioned at Mound City, ILL., circa June 1865
  • Sold, 29 November 1865, to W. L. Hambleton
  • Re-documented New Orleans, 27 February 1866
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown, dropped from documentation in 1869
    Displacement 750 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft 6'
    Depth unknown
    Speed 12 mph
    Complement unknown
    one 100-pdr Parrott rifle
    two 24-pdr howitzers
    one 12-pdr rifle
    one heavy 12-pdr>
    Propulsion steam

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    Vindicator 201k Print of Sidewheel Ram USS Vindicator
    © "Ships of the Civil War 1861-1865: An Illustrated Guide to the Fighting Vessels of the Union and the Confederacy", by Kevin J. Dougherty, September 19, 2013
    Tommy Trampp
    Vindicator 80k USS Vindicator tied up to the shore of a Western Rivers in 1864-65. Note glossy paint on her hull, possibly an indication that the photograph may have been taken when Vindicator was first commissioned.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 49973.
    Aryeh Wetherhorn
    Vindicator 70k USS Vindicator on the Western Rivers in 1864-65, with boats tied up alongside.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 49974.
    Aryeh Wetherhorn
    Vindicator 74k Sepia wash drawing by F. Muller, circa 1900, depicting USS Vindicator on the Western Rivers during the Civil War.
    Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 55835.
    Aryeh Wetherhorn

    USS Vindicator
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Selfridge, Thomas O.24 May 1864 - 1 October 1864
    02Act. Vol. LT. Gorringe, Nery Honychurch1 October 1864 - 1 March 1865
    03Act. Vol. LT. Hoel, William R.1 March 1865 - 7 July 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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