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USS Argosy

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Wooden Stern-wheel Steamer (Tinclad #27):
  • Laid down in 1862 as the stern-wheel river steamer Argosy at Monongahela, PA.
  • Launched in 1863
  • Purchased by the Union Navy, 24 March 1863
  • Commissioned, USS Argosy, 29 March 1863, Acting Master William N. Griswold in command.
  • During the Civil War USS Argosy was assigned to patrol duties to safeguard lines of communications and supply for Union forces,
  • on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers and
  • between New Orleans and Donaldsonville, LA. as part of the Mississippi Squadron's 1st District
  • Decommissioned, 11 August 1865
  • Sold, 17 August 1865, to V. P. Schenck for commercial service on the Mississippi River and its tributaries
  • Final Disposition, destroyed by fire at Cincinnati, OH., 7 March 1872
    Displacement 219 t.
    Length 156' 4"
    Beam 33'
    Draft 4' 6"
    Depth 4' 8"
    Speed 5 mph (upstream)
    Complement 175
    six 24-pdr smoothbores
    two 12-pdr rifles
    Propulsion steam

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    Argosy 96k Pen and ink drawing by Samuel War Stanton, depicting USS Argosy operating on the Western Rivers during the Civil War. Collections of the Navy Department, 1967.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 65460.
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Argosy
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. Master Griswold, William N.29 March 1863 - 26 May 1963
    02Act. Ensign Hazlett, George J.26 May 1963 - 21 August 1863
    03Act. Ensign Morong, John C.21 August 1863 - 11 August 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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