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USS Rodolph

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Wooden Stern-wheel Steamer (Tinclad #48):
  • Built in 1863 at Cincinnati, OH.
  • Purchased by the Navy, 31 December 1863
  • Commissioned, USS Rodolph at New Orleans, 28 May 1864, Acting Vol. LT. George D. Upham in command
  • During the Civil War USS Rodolph was assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron
  • Rodolph joined the Squadron, 14 August 1864, participating in the surrender of Fort Morgan on 23 August
  • 8 September 1864 Rodolph demolished salt works on the Bon Secours River
  • 11 September 1864 escorted Army transport Planter up the Fish River to seize a sawmill engine and stocks of lumber
  • 1 April 1865, Rodolph struck a torpedo and sank, killing four and wounding eleven crew members
    Displacement 217 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 60
    two 32-pdrs
    two 24-pdr howitzers
    Propulsion steam

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    Rodolph 212k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 29 April 1865, page 268, depicting USS Rodolph being sunk by a mine in the Blakely River, Alabama, near Mobile, on 1 April 1865. At the time, Rodolph was towing a barge with equipment to salvage the monitor USS Milwaukee, which had been sunk by a mine on 28 March.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42363.
    Aryeh Wetherhorn

    USS Rodolph
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