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USS Oneida (II)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Sloop of War:
  • Built as a three-masted screw sloop of war at New York Navy Yard
  • Launched, 20 November 1861
  • Commissioned USS Oneida, 28 February 1862, CAPT. Samuel P. Lee in command
  • During the Civil War USS Oneida participated in the following actions/campaigns:
    West Gulf Blockading Squadron
    Attacks on Forts Jackson and St. Philip
    Siege of Vicksburg
    Blockade operations off Mobile
    Battle of Mobile Bay
  • Decommissioned, 11 August 1865, at New York
  • Recommissioned in May 1867 for duty with the Asiatic Squadron
  • Sunk by collision with British steamer SS City of Bombay, off Yokohama, Japan, 24 January 1870
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,488 t.
    Length 201' 4"
    Beam 33' 10"
    Draft 8' 1"
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement 186
    Armament
    three 30-pdrs
    two 9" guns
    four 32-pdrs
    one 12-pdr
    Propulsion steam and sail

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    Oneida (II) 76k Print of USS Oneida underway, date and location unknown. Darryl Baker
    Oneida (II) 173k In July 1864 CDR. Thomas Holdup Stevens, Jr. commanded USS Oneida operating with the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. There, he took part in operations before Mobile, Alabama until 3 August. Admiral David Farragut then ordered him to command the double-turreted monitor USS Winnebago which he led in attacks on Fort Powell and in the Battle of Mobile Bay on the 5th. He resumed command of USS Oneida on 18 August and retained it through the end of the war and until she was decommissioned in August 1865. Bill Gonyo
    Kineo 158k
    "The Splendid Naval Triumph on the Mississippi, April 24th, 1862"

    Colored lithograph, published by Currier & Ives, 1862. The original print bears the following descriptive text: "Destruction of the Rebel gunboats, rams and iron clad batteries by the Union Fleet under Flag Officer Farragut. The attack was commenced on the 18th of April and continued until the 25th resulting in the capture of Forts Jackson, St. Phillip, Livingston, Pike and the city of New Orleans, as well as the destruction of all the enemy gunboats, rams, floating batteries (iron clad), fire rafts, booms and chains. The enemy with their own hands destroying cotton and shipping valued at from eight to ten millions of dollars. 'The sight of this night attack was awfully grand, the river was lit up with blazing rafts filled with pine knots and the ships seemed to be fighting literally amidst flames and smoke.'" In this view, ships are identified as (starting at top left center, up the river, running down to the right, then across toward the left): Confederate steamers; USS Cayuga (leading the Union column), USS Pensacola, burning confederate steamer, USS Varuna, USS Oneida, USS Mississippi (engaging the ram CSS Manassas), USS Richmond, USS Kineo, USS Hartford (flagship, in collision with a fire raft), USS Brooklyn and USS Winona. A Confederate fire raft is in the lower right. Fort St. Phillip is shown at right and Fort Jackson at left.
    Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    Tommy Trampp
    Battle of Mobile Bay 171k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Tom Freeman entitled "Point Blank". The Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864. The Confederate ironclad CSS Tennessee does considerable damage to the USS Oneida. In the foreground, the dual turreted monitor USS Chickasaw blasts away at the Tennessee. In the left rear, the monitor USS Winnebago rushes to give aid. Photo and partial text courtesy of Old Glory Gallery and Frame Shoppe
    Oneida (II) 472k A sketch of the sinking of USS Oneida off the port of Yokohama, Japan, Sunday, 23 January 1870.
    A periodical illustration from the collections of the US Library of Congress
    Bill Gonyo
    Oneida (II) 568k A sketch for "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper", 19 March 1870, by a survivor of the sinking of USS Oneida off the port of Yokohama, Japan, Sunday, 23 January 1870.
    US Library of Congress periodical collection
    Bill Gonyo
    Oneida (II) 174k CDR. Edward P. Williams was the commanding officer of USS Oneida at the time of her sinking. She sank in 1870 outside Yokohama, Japan after the British steamer SS City of Bombay struck her and sailed off without rendering assistance. Japanese fishing boats saved 61 sailors but 125 men lost their lives including her captain.
    US Library of Congress
    Bill Gonyo
    Oneida (II) 345k Gravestone in Japan at the grave of the USS Oneida crew members buried there. The inscription reads: IN MEMORY OF SOME OF THE UNKNOWN DEAD OF THE U.S.S. ONEIDA, LOST IN YEDDO BAY JANUARY 24, 1870 WHOSE REMAINS WERE HERE INTERRED. Photo taken on 5 November 2009 by Calton (real name unknown). Robert Hurst

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