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USS Arizona (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel steamer:
  • 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.
    Length 200'
    Beam 34'
    Draft 8'
    Depth 17' 6"
    Speed 15 kts
    Complement 82
    four 32-pdrs
    one 30-pdr Parrott rifle
    one 12-pdr rifle
    Propulsion steam

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    J.A. Cotton 155k "Engagement at Butte la Rose"
    Line engraving after a sketch by H. Holtz, published in "Harper's Weekly", 1863, depicting the U.S. Navy gunboats USS Estrella, USS Calhoun, 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.
    Tommy Trampp
    Arizona 77k 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
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Arizona 169k Engraving of USS Arizona. Courtesy Friends of Fort DeRussy, Inc. Tommy Trampp

    USS Arizona (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. Vol. LT. Upton, Daniel P.17 March 1862 - 29 August 1863
    02Act. Vol. Master Tibbits, Howard29 August 1863 - September 1864
    03LCDR. Brown, GeorgeJanuary 1865 - 28 February 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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