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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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 203 t.
    Length 156'
    Beam 32'
    Depth unknown
    Draft 2' 4"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    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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