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USS Sachem (II)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1844 as a screw steamer at New York City
Purchased by the US Navy at New York, 20 September 1861
Commissioned, date unknown, Acting Master Lemuel G. Crane, in command
During the Civil War USS Sachem participated in the following actions:
Escorted USS Monitor to Hampton Roads, and was present during the Monitor's historic engagement with Confederate ironclad ram, CSS Virginia, the former USS Merrimack.
Assigned to the Coast Survey, surveying the lower Mississippi River at New Orleans in early April 1862 marking channel for Farragut's deep draft ships and located firing positions for Porter's mortar schooners
Reconnoitered Lake Ponchartrain and the Pearl River and surveyed the entrance to Mobile Bay, early May 1862
Assisted in the refloating of the grounded steamer USS Clifton, at Mobile Bay, early May 1862
Returned to the Navy, circa 30 June 1862, from the Coast Survey, assigned to blockade Arkansas Pass, TX., Acting Volunteer LT. Amos Johnson, in command
Battle at Galveston Harbor, 31 December 1862
Assisted in Farragut's further advance up the Mississippi in March 1863
Assigned to the force sealing off the mouth of the Red River in late March 1863
Assigned to the joint Army-Navy expeditionary force to attack Sabine Pass, TX, late-September 1863
Severely damaged by Confederate batteries at Fort Mannahasset, surrendering to Confederate forces
Repaired and operated by the Texas Marine Department supporting the Confederate Army
No record exists of her service after March 1864
Displacement 197 t.
Beam 23' 6"
Depth 7' 6"
one 20-pdr Parrott rifle
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||The Disabling and Capture of the Federal Gunboats 'Sachem' and 'Clifton', in the Attack on Sabine Pass, Texas, September 8th, 1863." Line engraving published in "The Soldier in our Civil War", Volume II. USS Clifton is shown to the left, aground and returning fire from the Confederate fortifications. USS Sachem is at the right.
US Navy photo # NH 59143 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
USS Sachem (II)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||Act. Master Crane, Lemuel G.||11 January 1862 - June 1862|
|02||Act. Master Johnson, Amos||June 1862 - 8 September 1863|
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