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USS Arizona (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Laid down as the iron-hulled, side-wheel steamer SS Arizona in 1858 at Wilmington, DE., by Harlan and Hollingsworth
Launched, date unknown
Completed in 1859 for commercial service
Seized, 15 January 1862, by Confederate Major General Mansfield Lovell at New Orleans for use as a blockade runner
While operating as the provisional registered British steamer SS Caroline, captured by USS Montgomery, 28 October 1862
Condemned by admiralty court at Philadelphia, PA.
Purchased by the Navy, 23 January 1863
Commissioned, USS Arizona, 9 March 1863, Act. Vol. LT. Daniel P. Upton in command
Assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron
Captured sloop Aurelia off coast of Florida, 23 March 1863
While carrying army units, 14 April 1863, USS Arizona, USS Estrella, and USS Calhoun attacked and destroyed CSS Queen of the West on Grand Gulf on the Atchafalaya River
Participated in the three-ship reconnaissance force, 3 May 1863, that ascended the Red River
USS Arizona supported operations against Port Hudson, which fell 9 July 1863
Arizona returned to New Orleans for repairs, departing New Orleans, 4 September 1863, Acting Master Howard Tibbits, in command
USS Arizona participated in the disasterous Sabine Pass expedition, 8 September 1863 with USS Sachem, USS Clifton and USS Granite City
Arizona was next assigned to blockade duty along the Texas coast, especially at Galveston
USS Arizona suffered an out break of yellow fever late in 1863 causing her to return to New Orleans
The ship was next assigned to blockade duty at Sabine Pass in February 1864
Fitted out for service as the West Gulf Blockading Squadron flagship in September 1864
In January 1865, LCDR. George Brown took command of Arizona
Final Disposition, destroyed by fire and explosion, 27 February 1865
Displacement 959 t.
Depth 17' 6"
Speed 15 kts
one 30-pdr Parrott rifle
one 12-pdr rifle
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||"Engagement at Butte la Rose"
Line engraving after a sketch by H. Holtz, published in "Harper's Weekly", 1863, depicting the U.S. Navy
USS Arizona and
USS Clifton (listed clockwise from lower right) engaging the Confederate gunboat CSS J.A. Cotton off Butte a la Rose,
Louisiana, on 20 April 1863. Confederate Fort Burton (shown at left) was captured on the same day.
An original engraved print titled,"Engagement at Butte la Rose." published in "Harper's Weekly" dated May 30, 1863.
||Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1863, depicting CSS Queen of the West being destroyed in Grand Lake, Louisiana, during an attack by USS Estrella (extreme left), USS Calhoun (extreme right) and USS Arizona (second from right), 14 April 1863.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 58759
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||Engraving of USS Arizona. Courtesy Friends of Fort DeRussy, Inc.
USS Arizona (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||Act. Vol. LT. Upton, Daniel P.||17 March 1862 - 29 August 1863|
|02||Act. Vol. Master Tibbits, Howard||29 August 1863 - September 1864|
|03||LCDR. Brown, George||January 1865 - 28 February 1865|
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