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USS Darlington
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CSS Darlington


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built at Chaleston, S.C. in 1849 for commercial service
  • Taken over by the Confederate Army for use along the Florida coast as a supply ship during 1861-62
  • Captured by launches of USS Pawnee, under the command of CDR. C.R. P. Rodgers, 3 March 1862, in Cumberland Sound, FL. while trying to escape with military wagons, mules, and stores from Fernandina, FL., when that town fell to the Union
  • Taken over by the US Navy, commissioned USS Darlington, Acting Master J. W. Godfrey in command
  • USS Darlington was used by the Navy in and around the waters off Fernandina, FL. and Port Royal, S.C.
  • Assisted in the rasing of the yacht America in the St. John's River, FL., 18 to 25 March 1862
  • Decommissioned and transferred to the US Army in September 1862
  • Darlingtonwas returned to commercial after the war and served in that capacity into 1874
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 298 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 23
    Armament one howitzer
    Propulsion steam

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    Paul Jones 37k Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1963, of Confederate steamship Darlington prepared for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume III.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 66960 Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
    Bill Gonyo
    Congress 86k Illustration of the Confederate steamer Darlington underway at Fernandina Beach, FL., circa 1861. Bill Gonyo
    Congress 124k As Union forces occupied Fernandina, FL. in March 1862, CDR. C.R.P. Rogers pushed up a small creek near the town in a ship’s launch and captured the Confederate steamer Darlington, captained by Jacob Brock. Brock was a well-known steamboat captain on the St. Johns River prior to the war, who cast his lot with the Confederacy after Florida seceded. He initially refused commands to heave to, forcing the Union blue jackets to fire on the steamer, which eventually did stop and surrender. After boarding, the Union Navy officers were enraged, as there were a number of women and children aboard, who had been begging the captain to surrender as they were fired upon. Fortunately, no one was injured. Perhaps in retaliation, Brock was arrested and sent to prison (even though he was not a member of the Confederate military), and his ship confiscated. In addition to the refugees, the steamer contained “military stores, and wagons, mules, forage, etc.” and a surgeon in the Confederate Army. The captured steamer was converted into the gunboat USS Darlington.
    Information from the blog “Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial”.
    Bill Gonyo

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