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USS Otsego (II)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sassacus Sidewheel Gunboat:
  • A wooden, double-ended, side-wheel gunboat built by, Jacob A. & D. D. Westervelt, New York, N.Y.
  • Launched 31 March 1863
  • Apparently commissioned, USS Otsego in the spring of 1864, CDR. J. P. Bankhead in command
  • During the Civil War USS Otsego was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 2 May 1864
    Assigned to patrol Albemarle Sound, North Carolina in June 1864, at the mouth of the Roanoke River, to prevent attack by the Confederate ram CSS Albemarle
    Attack on Plymouth, N.C., 1 November 1864
    9 December 1864, Otsego struck two torpedoes and sank in the Roanoke River near Jamesville, N.C.

    Displacement 974 t.
    Length 205'
    Beam 35'
    Draft 9' 10"
    Depth 11' 6"
    Speed 14 kts
    Complement 145
    two 100-pdr Parrott rifles
    two 20-pdr Parrott rifles
    four 9" Dahlgren smoothbores
    two 24-pdrs
    Propulsion steam
    two sidewheels

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    Sassacus (I)
    85k Generic lithograph representing the Sassacus-class gunboats.
    John Spivey
    Tacony 91k 19th Century photograph of a painting by Acting Second Engineer Alexander C. Stuart, USN, 1864 depicting USS Commodore Hull (at left) leading the "Double-Ender" gunboats USS Tacony, USS Shamrock, USS Otsego and USS Wyalusing in engaging Confederate batteries at Plymouth, North Carolina, 31 October 1864. Small vessels lashed to the gunboats' unengaged sides include USS Whitehead (beside Tacony), Bazely (beside Shamrock) and USS Belle (beside Otsego).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 58943 from the collection of Surgeon H.P. Babcock, USN. Donated by his son, George R. Babcock, 1939.
    Bill Gonyo
    Wyalusing 90k USS Wyalusing providing covering fire for boats dragging for mines on the Roanoke River, 9 December 1864. To the left of the image can be seen the sunken USS Otsego, sunk by striking a mine. It also shows the tugboat USS Bazely, striking a mine while going to the assistance of Otsego.
    Phototype by Frederick Gutekunst, (1831-1917), Philadelphia, PA., circa the later 19th Century.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Otsego (II)
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