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USS Dawn (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw steamer:
  • Built in 1857 as the screw steamer SS Dawn by Samuel Sneeden, New York
  • Chartered by the US Navy, 26 April 1861
  • Purchased, 12 October 1861, outfitted at New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Dawn, 9 May 1861, CDR. W. Chandler in command
  • During the Civil War USS Dawn was assigned to the Potomac Flotilla
    Captured three ships with contraband goods and passengers on board while on blockade duty at the mouth of the York River
  • Reassigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in May 1862
    Participated in the attack on Fort McAllister, 27 January and 1 February 1863
    Assisted in the capture of several blockade runners, including the Confederate privateer Nashville
  • Decommissioned, 9 July 1863 at New York for repairs
  • Recommissioned, 2 December 1863
  • Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
    Patrolled the James River from 14 December 1863 to 25 March 1865
  • Decommissioned, 17 June 1865, at Portsmouth Navy Yard
  • Towed to Boston Navy Yard and sold 1 November 1865, entered commercial service as the steamer SS Eutaw
  • Final Disposition, wrecked in 1869
    Displacement 399 t.
    Length 154'
    Beam 28'
    Draft 12'
    Speed 8 kts
    Complement 60
    two 32-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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    Dawn 59k Watercolor by Erik Heyl, of SS Dawn for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume III. This vessel served as USS Dawn in 1861-1865 and was later the civilian steamer SS Eutaw.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 66961
    Tommy Trampp
    CSS Nashville 170k Line engraving published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War", Volume II, page 41, showing Rattlesnake (ex-CSS Nashville) burning after being shelled by the monitor USS Montauk commanded by CAPT. John L. Worden, USN, in the Ogeechee River, Georgia, 28 February 1863. Fort McAllister is in the right-center background, and the U.S. Navy gunboats USS Wissahickon, USS Seneca and USS Dawn are providing supporting fire in the left distance.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59286
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Wissachickon 103k "The Line Of Battle, Ogeechee River"
    The second battle of Ogeechee River, 13December 1864. A sketch from "Harpers Weekly" showing:
    USS C.P. Williams
    USS Dawn
    USS Wissahickon
    USS Seneca
    USS Montauk on the river.
    Tommy Trampp

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