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USS Gettysburg (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built as the steamer Douglass later Margaret and Jessie in 1858 by Robert Napier & Co., Glasgow, Scotland
  • Sold in 1862 to Cunard, Wilson and Co., acting as brokers for Confederate Agents, Fraser, Trenholm and Co.
  • Captured as the blockade runner Douglass, 5 November 1863
  • Purchased from the New York Prize Court by the US Navy
  • Commissioned, USS Gettysburg, 2 May 1864, at New York Navy Yard, LT. Roswell H. Lamson in command
  • During the Civil War USS Gettysburg was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and in addition to capturing blockade runners also participated in the following action;
    First attack on Fort Fisher 24-25 December 1864
    Second attack on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865, Gettysburg suffered two men killed and six wounded in this assault
  • Decommissioned, 23 June 1865 at New York Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 3 December 1866, for a cruise to the Caribbean Sea
  • Decommissioned, 1 March 1867, Washington, D.C.
  • Recommissioned, 3 March 1868, at Norfolk, special service in the Caribbean, protecting American interests, assisting in laying telegraph cable and hydrographic work
  • Decommissioned, 8 October 1869, at New York Navy Yard, for repairs and lay up in ordinary
  • Recommissioned, 6 November 1873, at Washington Navy Yard
  • Decommissioned, 9 April 1875, at Washington Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 21 September 1875, to assist in the important Hydrographic Office expeditions in the Caribbean
  • Decommissioned, 26 June 1876, at Washington Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 20 September 1876, for special duty to the Mediterranean surveying coasts and islands
  • Decommissioned, 6 May 1879
  • Final Disposition, sold, 8 May 1879, fate unknown
    Displacement 950 t.
    Length 221'
    Beam 26' 3"
    Depth of Hold 13' 6"
    Speed 15 kts
    Complement 96
    one 30-pdr Parrott rifle
    two 12-pdr rifles
    four 24-pdr howitzers
    Propulsion Side lever steamd engine driving twin paddlewheels

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    Merchant Service Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.
    Gettysburg 140k RMS Douglass under way in the colors of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. on one of her scheduled runs between Douglas, Isle of Man and Liverpool.
    Photo from Wikimedia Commons
    K. Sutton
    USS Gettysburg
    Gettysburg 321k USS Gettysburg at Key West, FL., circa 1868.
    Glass slide from the Haffenreffer Collection, courtesy of Florida Keys Libraries, Photo # MM00047503x.
    Robert Hurst
    Gettysburg 61k Painting by De Simone, depicting USS Gettysburg under way in the Bay of Naples, Italy, in 1878. This view is cropped from US Naval History and Heritage command Photo # NH 53730.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 53730-A.
    Robert Hurst
    Gettysburg 98k Montage featuring a painting of USS Gettysburg, by De Simone, Naples, 1878, and views of four officers who served in her in 1864-1865. The officers are, clockwise from upper right: LT. Roswell H. Lamson., Commanding Officer; Henry S. Hutchings, Paymaster's Clerk; Acting Master's Mate H.J. ("I" ?) Derbyshire; and Acting 3rd Assistant Engineer Enoch B. Carter (probably -- there is no Engineer named "William Carter" in contemporary Navy Registers).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53730
    Tommy Trampp

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