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USS St. Clair

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Wooden Stern-wheel Gunboat (Tinclad #19):
  • Built in 1862 at Belle Vernon, PA.
  • Purchased, 13 August 1862, by the Navy Department from R. D. Cochran et al., at St. Louis, MO.
  • Commissioned USS St. Clair, 24 September 1862, at Carondelet, MO., Acting. Volunteer. LT. J. S. Hurd in command
  • During the Civil War USS St. Clair was assigned to the Mississippi Squadron
    Sent up the Ohio River, 23 October 1862, to assess rebel inhabitants of Casyville, KY.
    In January 1863, St. Clair provided convoy protection on the Cumberland to Nashville to support General Rosecrans
    >February 1863 St. Clair participated in the relief of Ft. Donelson.
    3 April 1863, at Palmyra, Tenn., while in convoy, USS St. Clair disabled by Confederate batteries
    19 June 1863 St. Clair was designated as Gunboat No. 19
    Participated in the siege of Vicksburg, June and July 1863
    Participated in the Red River expedition, May 1864
    Conducted patrol duties until July 1865 on the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers
    Decommissioned, 12 July 1865, Mound City, IL.
  • Sold at public auction, 17 August 1865
  • Redocumented, 27 September 1865 and operated in merchant service
  • Final Disposition, abandoned in 1869
    Displacement 203 t.
    Length 156'
    Beam 32'
    Depth unknown
    Draft 2' 4"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    two 12-pdr smoothbores
    two 12-pdr rifles
    Propulsion steam

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    St. Clair 69k USS St. Clair photographed on the Western Rivers during the Civil War.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42362.
    Aryeh Wetherhorn

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